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Jen Hudak  World Champion. X-Games Gold Medalist. Skier. Mountain Biker. Dream Believer. Lover of the outdoors. πŸŽΏβ„οΈπŸ•πŸƒπŸš΅πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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"With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world." - Dalai Lama
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I often think about what value my athletic pursuits have beyond the simple execution of the activity. This quote puts it into words so well. Sport compresses the opportunity for personal development & growth into bite sized pieces that we can see, feel, and experience. It's tangible. The self-confidence that arises from this allows us to be better in our daily lives as wives, sisters, brothers, friends, sons, daughters, and co-workers. I hope you all get out for some rejuvenating fun this weekend and push yourself to new heights!
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Monday was @sheliftgrams one year anniversary!! Empowering women to embrace their bodies for what they can do, not simply what they look like, by engaging in outdoor adventure is central to the cause. I've been on the board, supporting @sarahherron bring her vision to life, and had the privilege to be a mentor to 7 amazing women during our Aspen ski retreat. Yet, somehow I feel that those women all became mentors to me. It takes extreme courage in the form of vulnerability to show up and try to learn something you've never done before. Witnessing their growth and transformation over 4 short days was a reminder to me the I too, LITERALLY CAN EVEN. No excuses. If I want it, I can get it. And so can you. Here's to many more adventures, challenges, and growth opportunities SheLift - proud of you!

Day 5: Devil's Creek to Resurrection Pass Trail. All good/bad/ugly/hard/beautiful/perfect things come to end. All things, including our ride, do end. (Sorry it took me 3 weeks to tell you about it - life doesn't slow down just because you did something fun.) We got an early start on the day because I had a flight to catch... I don't know what it is about "last days," but I always seem to find my groove on the final day of a trip. Maybe it's because we've spent time getting accustomed, perhaps it's because we know the hardest parts are behind us, maybe it's because we've been beat into submission πŸ˜‚ and no longer have "expectations." But, the sunshine helped and the trails we rode today were more heavily trafficked, thus deterring the monster plants from stopping us in our tracks. We flowed. Most of our batteries were dead, so filming/documenting/shooting was kept at bay. But we did find some magical parts of the mileage today that could not be ignored. Early on Devil's Creek we came upon a 100 yard section of trail that was littered in white fluffy pollen of sorts. It was falling through the backlit trees and finding its place on the earth, the trail, the plants below. It looked like snow. It was perfect. And as our time on Devil's Creek came to a close, we came upon some spectacular alpine lakes. Crystal clear water providing a strong eco-system for the 🌱, 🐟, 🐦, and 🐻. Our 20 miles on Resurrection Pass were the only 20 miles of repeat terrain - we agreed it was more fun to descend in sun on day 5 than our first day's climb in. We finally made it back to our car and meandered our way to Hope, Alaska, which was not what we were expecting at all. It is the tiniest little town with one restaurant and one bar and a million billion people fishing from the river as it pours into the bay. We enjoyed some fish 'n chips as we reveled in the fact that we were done. Now to process it all...
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@livcycling @rotorbike @goreapparel @ryderseyewear @hestragloves .
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Day 4 (Johnson Pass Trail): According to my GPS prep work, today's ride would be about 45 miles. Following a 70-mile and 57-mile day, that seemed easy. We were welcomed by blue skies when we woke and for the first time during our trip, we didn't feel rushed. The first 9 miles of road took us past some stunning reflective lakes and sea planes - we stopped to enjoy the sites. (See photos 2 & 5). From our understanding of Johnson Pass Trail, it would be pleasant with undulating hills, not too much vertical and its 23-miles of singletrack would offer endless views. And then... THE RETURN OF THE MONSTER PLANTS! They were back (see photo 1), but this time, they wouldn't defeat us. Sure, they grabbed us, knocked us down a few times, but we found our inner Zen, stopped fighting and resisting their enormous strength and enjoyed our slowed pace. We also got to experience some flow and ride some great trail. By the time we made it off the single track, we had been riding for 9+ hours (did quite a bit of filming today) and were expecting a short 12 miles on road. But it was much longer than that. Much. And when we finally made it to camp after the most treacherous part of our trip (high-speed traffic on Seward Highway), we arrived to a sold-out campground. Luckily, a generous couple offered us their campsite as they were sleeping in their van for the night. This would be our last night and tomorrow our last day. Completely exhausted, we laid down to rest. .
#livcycling #howweliv #livebeyond #sunset #mountains #ridebikesbehappy #balancedpursuits #outdoorwomen #womenmtb #womenwhoexplore #adventure culture #adventurebuddies . .
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Day 3 (Primrose to Lost Lake Trail to Seward): Day 3! Day 3! Officially crossed the halfway mark today AND got to ride without our bike bags! Today was a good good day. We camped about 25 miles from a town (a REAL town!) called Seward and would camp there two nights in a row. Our mellow 10 mile road ride in the morning led us to Primrose trail - a "hiking" trail, which was the most sustained climbing we'd encountered all week. But to ride without bike bags was a gift sent from heaven! It was a bit slow going and Chris nearly tipped over backward from the weight of his camera pack not being countered by a handlebar bag, but he persevered. The views from atop Primrose and all along Lost Lake Trail were awe-inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful. THIS IS ALASKA! THIS IS WHAT WE DREAMED OF! Hoots and whoops and hollers carried us down one of our favorite descents of all time today. And then we enjoyed a one-year anniversary meal at Ray's. Guess what?! It wasn't dehydrated food! It was fresh Alaskan Halibut and Salmon and it was nom-nom delicious! πŸ™ŒπŸ€™
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#livcycling #howweliv #balancedpursuits #earnyourberms #pedalpower #alaska #bikepacking #outdoorwomen #womenwhoexplore #ridebikesbehappy . .
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Day 2 (Resurrection Pass to Russian Lakes Trail): Ugh. Day 2. What started out seeming like a great decision (stopping early on day 1), ultimately bit us in the ass. Original distance today was 55 miles, but we needed to pick up 15 from day 1. The first few miles of trail were a blast - we actually found some flow on the trail despite our fully loaded bikes and packs. The traction that the extra weight provided, allowed us to rally through corners! Hoots and hollers carried us our first 10 miles to Russian Lakes Trail. And then it happened. Our introduction to what we've dubbed "Alaskan Monster Plants" was anything but welcoming. These things completely engulfed the trail (see photo 2) and my spirit. I lost my sh*t today. #fullmeltdown. The next 20 miles were the most soul crushing, slow-going, terrifying miles I've spent on a bike. Remind you, we're in bear country, so when you don't feel you can move quickly, you feel very vulnerable... Oh and it was raining, again. After 8+ hours in the saddle we were out of the woods but still had 39 miles to ride. We found a small grocery store in Cooper Landing and I was a happy girl eating a pint of blueberries, cheddar cheese and chicharron. We pressed on through the rain and arrived at camp by 10 p.m after 12.5 hours on the bikes. .
#livcycling #howweliv #livebeyond #balancedpursuits #mountains #bikepacking #alaska #kenaipeninsula .
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Alaska adventure story begins! Most times we only capture the best and most beautiful parts of our days, so as I recap this trip I'll be sharing multiple pictures to show the highs and lows of our journey. .
Day 1 (Resurrection Pass Trail): planned to ride about 50 miles to Russian Lakes today but getting out of Anchorage and assembling bikes took longer than expected. Finally riding by 2 pm we were greeted with rain showers, which stayed with us for almost the entirety of the 30 miles we rode that day. Chris flatted about 10 miles in, due to a broken spoke randomly broken by sheer pedal force. A couple miles later he found a sheet metal screw in his front tire... We gambled on leaving the screw in the tire since the sealant seemed to be doing its job. Thankfully, it worked. Mostly unscathed and feeling confident in what we had accomplished, we found a relatively dry spot under some trees and called it home for the night. Our intent to make up the lost miles the next day... .
#livcycling #howweliv #ridebikesbehappy #balancedpursuits #bikepacking #houseonwheels #outdoorwomen #womenwhoexplore .
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One year ago today, this man did me the honor of making me his wife. To celebrate, we just endured one of the hardest physical undertakings of our lives - a 250 mile self-supported bikepacking trip on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. The mileage and the vert alone don't tell the story, the complexity of terrain (a.k.a. - Alaska monster plants), the incessant rain the first two days, the crazy logistics of mailing ourselves supplies, all demanded a LOT! But that is why we chose each other, because we can endure. Life will never be easy, but we don't want it that way. I love you, Chris Moore, and I'm proud to be your wife!
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Zooming into the week like πŸš΅β€β™€οΈ whoa!!!! Chris (@moore1488) and I are Alaska bound for a 250-mile self-supported bikepacking trip on the Kenai Peninsula! Won't be in range often, but excited to share the journey with you upon my return! Hopefully we keep the 🐻encounters to a minimum! πŸ“·: @maxx.cohen
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#adventurebuddies #outdoorwomen #howweliv #hailyeah #earnyourberms #rockgarden #mtb #mtblife #zoomzoom #bikepacking #adventure
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First day lapping @deervalleyresort for the season with an all-time #ladyshred crew! Couldn't have picked a better way to celebrate what would have been my dad's 65 birthday. The further I get away from the trauma of his death the closer I feel to him. I realize more and more that simply being his daughter, I am truly a part of him and him of me - he's always with me. We learned to mountain bike together about 10 years ago and I'm pretty sure he had some fun watching us all charge today. πŸ“·: @maxx.cohen
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#balancedpursuits #howweliv #hailyeah #mtb #rotorbikes #ridebikesbehappy
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We all came from different places, for different reasons, and we all take something different home. But I'm quite certain we can all agree that bikes set our souls free!
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#ridebikesbehappy #balancedpursuits #howweliv #mtblife #mtb #ladyshred
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@ladiesallride @livcycling @hestragloves @rotorbikes

This place is absolutely breathtaking! Excited for today's @ladiesallride clinic to get underway! #ridebikesbehappy #balancedpursuits

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