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September

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Some of the Most Treacherous Roads in the World Just Got a Whole Lot Worse—Tour of the Dragon, Bhutan

As we picked our way across Bhutan to Bumthang through mud bogs, slick sleet, downed trees and narrow, windy endless climbs with thousand feet drop-offs, I realized that what has been slated as ‘One of the Toughest One Day Mountain Bike Events in the World’, had just gotten a bit tougher. I knew these roads as I have ridden or driven them multiple times. Yet currently they are doing construction on a large majority of the only road that slices through the middle of Bhutan. What was already a rough, mud-slide infused, pot holed road is now predominantly under mud. This is the stage for the 6th annual Tour of the Dragon and what the founder of the event, His [...]

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Category: Adventure

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September

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Striving For Equality in Bhutan

Even though I have been a tireless supporter of His Royal Highness and the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) I was quite close to not doing Tour of the Dragon this year. In fact I was quite close to protesting the race in the face of my loyalty here. Here’s why. When I first started helping the BOC with their Tour of the Dragon event I immediately noticed that they didn’t have an equal prize purse for men and women. Initially they had a token amount offered to the first place woman that was dramatically less than the first place man, and they called it a “consolation prize.” Ouch. I started having conversations with them about the importance of equality in [...]

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Category: Adventure

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August

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Death, a Beautiful Life, a Toughest One-Day Ride and Earthquake Relief

[Written while en route to Bhutan] After my brother-in-law, Dan, passed away of brain cancer I shared a eulogy at a party celebrating his life, which stated the following, “Too often it is those that we love so easily who leave us much too soon. Yet in the same moments that we will struggle to make sense of this, the world around us remains a beautiful place.” When someone close to us dies prematurely it is healthy and I think cathartically introspective to then contemplate our own life and mortality. For me this type of contemplation doesn’t tend to zero in on death so much as it is an opportunity to evaluate my life and the choices I wish to [...]

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Category: Adventure

06

August

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A Reconnect

I have been remiss in sharing in this space as I’ve been doing lots of other writing to complete my next book, Dirty Inspirations: Lessons From the Trenches of Extreme Endurance Sports, which will come out the beginning of the year. I’m quite excited about this book! (more on that to come…) An additional project I’ve recently taken on is raising money for Nepal Earthquake Relief and in that effort I offered a slide show at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge. I talked about my relationship with Nepal and Bhutan and why this particular part of the world and its people continue to hold a special place in my heart. Though the slide show and additional outside donations I’ve raised [...]

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Category: Adventure

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January

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Travel Karma: Anti Rhino Poaching Efforts and a Buddhist Marathon

After sharing about my upcoming trip with a Buddhist nun, she told me that I have good karma. If karma involves following my passions via hard work, then my travel experiences are indeed karma-influenced. In any case, I am off again to my beloved Bhutan to help with the second running of the Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon and will do a stop over in…South Africa. Since Bhutan is about half way around the planet, my travels there are always an excellent opportunity to check out another interesting spot—en route. South Africa isn’t necessarily – on the way – but I’ve been doing some research on what’s happening at a particular animal reserve there and want to check it [...]

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Category: Adventure

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December

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Give Yourself the Gift of Writing – Part 1

I have not written here for a while because I have been spending my writing time on, my next book. I’ve also been interacting and sharing with other writers and poets, reading other writers and discussing all aspects of writing with a dear friend who is throwing much of his time into writing his personal story. Sort of like athletes who share with others information on the joys, challenges and struggles of their training process, writers too find value in that genre of mutual support. Many of you are writers or wanna-be writers (I think its kinda the same thing) so to bring you into the circle and support you in flourishing in your new or existing writing project, I [...]

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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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