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June

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Project What Matters 

What Matters? While crossing Bhutan, trekking and mountain biking in 2011, we started looking at this basic concept with the Bhutanese. Since then I’ve explored further with blog interviews, as well as within much of the writing I did for my new book, Dirty Inspirations: Lessons From the Trenches of Extreme Endurance Sports. The past several months I’ve picked up the thread again while doing a bit of traipsing around, and will fully explore while on an upcoming cycling trip across Spain on the Camino de Santiago trail. Its simple. I engage with another, either a stranger or someone familiar, and at some point in conversation I inquire, “Can I take your photo and then ask you a question?” I […]

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Category: Bhutan

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June

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Is Santa Cruz the Best Spot for Young Athletes to Thrive?

 It was an honor to be mentioned in this article about why Santa Cruz produces top runners/athletes, and I’d like to commend Steve Palopoli for writing it, and for nailing the reason—it’s about community. To expand on his premise, I’ll share that in my case, I didn’t just excel at a young age because I lived in an area that is geographically inspiring and has the best weather possible for someone who thrives in the outdoors. Those things definitely mattered, inclusive of all the time I spent at the beach each summer with the Jr. Lifeguard Program (Santa Cruz City) and as a Jr. Guard Instructor (shout out to Jr. Guards!). But the people who surrounded me are the reasons […]

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Category: Books

31

May

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More Surprise Found Treasure on this ‘Remembering’ Weekend

Unlike the ‘surprise’ out-of-character-card in these photos, Mom loved giving the super dramatic, long winded, “Hallmark” type cards for special occasions. I came across a couple of them yesterday when cleaning out boxes, always signed, Much Love – Mom and Toby (her dog). I used to lovingly tease her about those pre-fabricated cards even though I knew she enjoyed giving them. So I was surprised when I also came across this uncharacteristically hand written card she had penned out for me. She normally let Hallmark call the shots on expressing herself, but with this last card, she seemed to need to say exactly what she wanted to say. Mom and I were very verbal in sharing our love for each […]

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Category: Reflection

21

May

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Connection

What a gift when someone you don’t know easily connects with something you’ve deeply shared. I found the below review on amazon about my book, Dirty Inspirations, and am so grateful for this kindred seeker—someone who deeply ‘got’ the premise(s) for my writing this book. Since mom’s death I’ve been kinda numb, sad and quasi-checked out and this connection instantly drew me back in to life’s loveliness. Thank you, thank you, to my intrepid reviewer. May your trails be windy, crooked and full of questions. “There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the insights Terri Schneider shares into the minds of endurance athletes in Dirty Inspirations. Schneider begins in her days as a IronMan triathlete covering a swim, bike and race course […]

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Category: Books

27

April

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Science of Ultra Podcast Interview – All About Possibility

While on my last venture in Bhutan I had the pleasure of chatting with Shawn Bearden of Science of Ultra Podcast. We talk about possibility, joy, adventure and the natural tendency of humans to go after big adventure, all woven within the pages of Dirty Inspirations: Lessons From the Trenches of Extreme Endurance Sports. Shawn was a thoughtful interviewer and I want to thank him for all the work he puts toward a top notch podcast. Enjoy!

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Category: Adventure

20

April

4

The Good News About Getting Out of Shape

A month in Bhutan with no bike, a running injury and a lot of excuses, left me back in CA in the worst shape that I can remember. Even if I am not training for an event or big (or small) adventure, I always train—for life. I enjoy swimming, biking, running, hiking, strength training and yoga while mixing in a couple other activities as desired. My body likes to cross train and even after all these years, I thrive on my activity time each day. So though I’m approaching 55, I haven’t known what it feels like to be in my 50’s and be totally out of shape. Now I know that it really really sucks. What I have known […]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

About Me

endurance athlete..speaker..writer..coach..sport psychology consultant..photographer

Few athletes surpass Terri Schneider’s consistency, durability, longevity and charisma in endurance sports. As a pioneer in several sports, she has blazed a path through the endurance world that combines a zeal to experience new cultures and remote landscapes, with a hunger to push her physical and mental limits. Terri’s passion is to share these experiences with others as a motivational speaker, author, coach, consultant and photographer.

As an adventure racer, triathlete, ultrarunner and mountaineer, Terri has raced and adventured in over 70 countries. Through the hundreds of events in which she’s excelled she’s established herself as one of the most diversely experienced multi-sport endurance athletes and coaches in the world.

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