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”

Acceptance

when a tree grows up to a rock it doesn’t break through but grows around the rock trunk twisting and adapting so our emotional growth recurls from trauma leading a winding path to “feeling okay” – It’s Okay to be Where You Are Sometimes, it can be easy to feel like we’re not where weContinue reading “Acceptance”

Dissatisfaction

My recent vacation was great, and it was fun to get to ride around some amazing places, but since I returned I have been dealing with a sense of dissatisfaction. Going on the vacation presented a lot of tradeoffs for me. I was happy with how I prepared for my vacation by spending the fewContinue reading “Dissatisfaction”

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”