Cold Cruise at Grand Canyon

As with most of the rides I had planned for my recent vacation, my ride at the Grand Canyon didn’t go exactly as I expected. I was only spending one night at Grand Canyon National Park, and I was either going to ride in the evening when I got there or in the morning. InContinue reading “Cold Cruise at Grand Canyon”

Meeting Challenge in Moab

When I first arrived in Moab, coming down out of the dramatic red canyons past the entrance to Arches National Park, I was greeted by a mess of traffic. When I got into town, I could see that the main road through town was totally congested due to construction. This was a double blow toContinue reading “Meeting Challenge in Moab”

Exploring a New Route

On a chilly March morning, I pointed my bike West and set out from my house to explore a route that I drew out between Golden and Bear Creek Lake Park in Denver. I had a loop planned out to connect the Ralston Creek Trail and the Bear Creek Trail, but there was a bigContinue reading “Exploring a New Route”

Forgiveness

I grew up with daily emotional abuse. I am at a point in my life where I have empathy for my parents. I don’t bring up emotional abuse at this point to hold it over their heads. I mention it in case hearing that validates someone else’s experience, and it’s relevant for me to theContinue reading “Forgiveness”

Finding Flexibility

Today, I am recovering from a massage. I find myself meditating on flexibility as my ambitions to grow as a rider comes into conflict with the information I’m getting from my body. I want to push myself to climb higher, ride farther, and endure more on my bike. I honestly feel guilty if I goContinue reading “Finding Flexibility”

Gratitude

One of the first practices my therapist gave me to manage my anxiety was called “3-2-1.” It’s a daily practice that involves articulating 3 things you’re grateful for, 2 affirmations, and 1 productive thing to do for the day. I’ve been maintaining this practice pretty consistently for almost 2 years now. I have found theContinue reading “Gratitude”

How the Miles Began

When I came to this house, I was right in the middle of a mental and emotional breakdown. I had some practices that I picked up from the Acceptance Commitment Therapy for my anxiety, but I was in a place where I was totally isolated and suffering. Over time, following my practices and sharing theContinue reading “How the Miles Began”