Jan 072014
 

I forgot to write something about reflecting upon the previous year…so here I go: basically, I had a blast! From emerging from my shell, getting a new bike, and riding it in my first enduro race. My parents were visiting at Keystone during the race, so they were able to watch and support us.

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Relaxing before hitting Cowboy Up in the Keystone Big Mountain Enduro

 

A few weeks before the race, Ariana and I took a gravity women’s clinic: The Beti AllRide Clinic  (highly recommended!) and learned some new tricks on how to ride downhill faster.

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Me and Ari at the Beti AllRide Clinic in Keystone

 

The older I get, the more respect I have for my parents, because without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today! Sure, I consider myself the “black sheep” of the family, since moving to Colorado in 1997, but I feel that made our family even closer and heck, I may have even grown up a little myself. So thank-you mum and dad for always being there for me!

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Mum, Ariana, and myself in O‘ahu, Hawaii

 

We took a trip last summer to O‘ahu, Hawaii, which was fantastic! Ariana even went surfing for the first time.

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Dad and Ari getting ready to surf

 

I visited with so many friends from the past, which was one of my goals. Sure, you see each other on Facebook, but I really wanted to see some of these blasts from my past in person! So dammit, I did. I reconnected with my Tower Records friends.

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Tower Records Washington DC Alumni from the early 90s – Kenny, Carrie, Robin, Frankie, and Neal

 

So much fun! And then earlier in the year, I reconnected with a high school friend down in Sedona.

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Tim showing us how it is done on Hangover

 

Sure, I may not live the “conventional” life of settling down and getting married, but heck, I’m having a good time just winging this thing called life. Rules? Just make them up as you go along….much less stressful that way! I not only have a house in this rockin cool town of Golden, but I recently procured a house on wheels! I can’t wait to take that thing out on more adventures…

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My mid-life crisis

 

I also met a bunch of cool folks in and around the town of Lyons and Yann took this amazing photo of me. Dave and the folks at Redstone Cyclery rocks!

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Thanks Yann! www.yannphotovideo.com

 

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2013 Yeti Tribe Gathering, Telluride, Colorado

 

Summer was complete when I attended the Yeti Tribe Gathering, for the first time since 2009. It was also my first time to Telluride!

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Sleep deprivation didn’t slow me down! Photo credit: Michael Hirsch

I accomplished lots in 2013 and I met so many cool people! I look forward to more adventures and bike riding shenanigans for 2014!

  One Response to “reflection”

  1.  

    Nice Carrie! Welcome to 2014!