It’s been awhile since I’ve done a currently post! Training this past year didn’t leave a lot of free time to write, and to be honest, staring at my laptop after doing so at work for 8+ hours a day is the last thing I wanna do at night – even now during the off-season. That said, I miss that quiet time to create and reflect (and connect with you!), so am committed to making a bit more time in my schedule to blog.
So, here’s what’s been up!
I’ve been bouncing all over the place when it comes to reading. One day it’s Rising Strong by Brené Brown and the next it’s Big Magic by Liz Gilbert. I’m about 50 pages into both, but given my scatterbrained-ness, I couldn’t tell you much about either. Not a good way to actually understand and absorb each book’s juiciness, so I’m putting down one to really focus on the other. Back to single-tasking, folks!
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Speaking of… I’m SO excited for Brené’s COURAGEworks Living Brave Semester! Finding and registering for this course couldn’t have come at a better time, as the past few weeks have been tough… filled with far too much commute + screen time, i.e. not living my best life. I also feel like I haven’t tapped certain parts of my brain in awhile… I’m ready to learn again (and be vulnerable in the process)!
Training to start! Not kidding, I’ve been counting down the days until a schedule shows up in TrainingPeaks – on November 1! The offseason’s been great and filled with lots of downtime (probably more than any other offseason), but I’m feeling incredibly lazy and miss having some day-to-day structure. And, running… man, I miss running. Really big goals this next year, and I cannot wait to get started working toward them…!
Spending time with my niece. She is the BEST! I know everyone says this about their kid (or niece or nephew), but seriously… Finley’s whip smart! My sis and I both marvel at how quickly she catches on and how she connects the dots to continue conversations and make insights I’m not so sure other 2.5-year-olds make. Love her (and her silly personality) to pieces! Auntiehood is pretty rad.
Cyclocross. It’s all the rage everywhere, so Nick and I hit up a local race last weekend at Green Acres CX. The energy! The community! Both are fantastic! We spent the entire day there – with a 30-mile ride around Stillwater in the middle – and then Nick decided to race CX for the first time. Because he’s crazy like that (just one of the reasons I ♥ him!). A friend of ours loaned him a bike, and he was off. He’s hooked (no surprise there!) and raced again this past weekend at Velo CX, taking seventh in Cat 4-5!
Also worth noting at CX were all the young girls racing! So, so awesome to see them totally rocking it. Because strong girls = strong world ♥
Quote of the week
If I’ve learned anything [exploring], true real inspiration and growth only comes from adversity and from challenge. From stepping away from what’s comfortable and familiar and stepping out into the unknown. We could all benefit from getting outside the house more often. -Ben Saunders, polar explorer