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Archive for February, 2012

Get Out and Try It.

I get compliments from friends about how busy I am and how great it is that I do the stuff I do.  By stuff I mean mountain biking, running, playing basketball, skiing, yoga, snowboarding, snowshoeing, rock climbing and whatever else is presented to me.  I accept the compliment as it feels good to know that my energy is noticed.  It’s my decision to wake up each day and involve myself in them but it’s from my friends that these amazing things have been introduced.

My friends, past and present have introduced me to just about every activity that I do.  Past and present pals, exemplified health and positive attitudes that have kept me moving all of these years.  Sometimes I think, what if I didn’t work at Elk, what if I didn’t show up at Hubbard at the suggestion of a friend would I be this active still at the age of 30?  I doubt it.  Through working at Elk Mountain, biking with our Hubbard Bike Club, our friendship circle grew beyond what we could ever imagine.

I will often hear people say that they would like to do something and get moving but can’t seem to find what they like.  It’s walking out the door, trying something new, making a friend and repeating this until you find your niche.  Maybe you’ll meet ten new friends and try ten new activities that you will love.  Maybe you’ll meet ten new friends and love only one activity.  Either way, you’re out, you’re moving and you’re happy.  Enjoy!

Ride on (or whatever it is that you now love to do)


The Beginning.

Brief, not so brief background: I was introduced to competitive mountain bike cross country racing about 5 or 6 years ago.  Joined with my LBS in the Mid Atlantic Superseries and won the beginner division my first year.  I moved up to sport class and had a few good years racing sport.  I have raced cross country and have dabbled in the endurance division, which I seem to enjoy more.  This year, I bite the bullet and go expert.

As this season is quickly approaching, I am ahead of the game with staying somewhat in shape.  It is hard to not be lazy on cold, cloudy days but once out on my bike or pounding the pavement in my sneakers for a run, that laziness thought is far out of my mind.  I joined a new team this year (shout out to Trestle Bridge Racing) along with my partner in crime, Corinne.

The racers in the female expert division are no joke.  These girls not only race in this series but also travel all over the country and the world to race at expert/pro levels.  This blog is to track my want/need to do well and have my name or skills be mentioned in some other beginner blogger down the road as a “no joke” racer.

Along with training and progress, I will also be talking and asking you all about nutrition as that is also important to me during the season.  I hope for everyone’s support and encouragement this year.  So far I know I have one, my husband, Jack.  He is my best friend, my mechanic, my love and will be mentioned here once in a while as my pain in the butt.

Ride on.