2017 Kelly Brush Ride

This weekend we went up to Vermont for the Kelly Brush Bike Ride to raise money for the Kelly Brush Foundation. I have been doing this ride for years and love being involved in the Foundation. Every year at the ride I have so much fun and see all my old friends from the skiing community.
Kelly Brush Ride
This year I almost didn’t go because the Tone It Up Tour was in Boston and they had asked me to Volunteer. I was so close to skiing the bike ride to go to the Tour. I mean, I would be able to meet amazing women, work out, drink Rose and experience something new. Now that I write that, I am questioning my decision!

At the end of the day, I wanted to be with my family. Vinnie and Emerson were going no matter what and I didn’t want to spend the whole weekend alone. Sue me, I am addicted to my family!

Kelly Brush Ride

I am sad I missed the Tone It Up tour, but I had a lot of fun riding with my sister, Vinnie and longtime friend, Annie. We cycled 50 miles together and managed to laugh the whole way. My butt and neck are sore but endurance wise, I managed!

I expected to lose steam and have to really dig deep but I was ok. Even though I am not in the shape I would like to be, I am not as bad as I sometimes think I am!

Kelly Brush Ride

This year the Kelly Brush Foundation reached a whole new level of awesome. They had over 800 riders and raised $500,000 for people with spinal cord injuries and spinal cord prevention. That is truly incredible and a huge milestone. I was really honored to be a part of the day and happy I made the trip to Vermont to be with my friends and family on such a special day.

Kelly Brush Ride

Weekly Workouts – Week of 9/4/17

Monday: 4 mile trail run (Labor Day Weekend)
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: 30 min TIU toning + yoga at home
Thursday: 15 min TIU sunrise sculpt; 3×5 toning moves; 4 mile run (33 minutes)
Friday: 16 min arm routine – TIU flex friday; 30 minute run
Saturday: rode 50 miles for KBF
Sunday: 20 min yoga at home
How was your weekend? What did your weekly workouts look like?

Hiking Tuckermans Ravine

One of my best friends, Kelly, was paralyzed in a ski accident in college, but that has not slowed her down or stopped her from accomplishing amazing feats. She pushes us to challenge ourselves and get outside our comfort zone. It’s truly amazing to watch her achieve her goals and be a part of her journey.

This past weekend a group of our closest friends pulled her up Tuckermans Ravine in North Conway, NH which is the backside of Mount Washington. It is a little over 3 mile hike to the bottom of the trial to the bottom of bowl which is an additional hike up to actually be able to ski.

They attached a rope to her monoski with a dog-team-like line out in front where 8 people could clip in their bags and pull her monoski in unison. I joked that it was like Santa being pulled by his reindeer, “On dacer, on prancer…” They also built a little aluminum frame behind her monoski and tied ski poles horizontally so people could help stabilize the monoski on the way up and push when needed. It was incredible to watch these guys pull her up the mountain and such an unbelievable thing that we were able to pull off.

Kelly wrote about her experience on her website, click here to read about the full story and how we did it.

Tuckermans Ravine - Kelly Brush Foundation
The boys lined up and ready to pull Kelly.
Tuckermans Ravine - Kelly Brush Foundation
This is how we rigged the poles to Kellys monoski

Climbing Tuckermans Ravine

Pulling Kelly Up Tuckermans Ravine

Pulling Kelly Up Tuckermans Ravine

Tuckermans Ravine - Kelly Brush Foundation
Almost to the lunch rocks!
Tuckermans Ravine - Kelly Brush Foundation
Kelly hanging out at the lunch rocks!

Tuckermans Ravine - Kelly Brush Foundation

Tuckermans Ravine - Kelly Brush Foundation
Tuckermans Ravine
Tuckermans Ravine - Kelly Brush Foundation
About to go ski!

Tuckermans Ravine - Kelly Brush Foundation

The TEAM!! (a few are missing, but it's a group shot nonethelesss)

The TEAM!! (a few are missing, but it’s a group shot nonethelesss)