Well it happened yet again, another year has come and gone. My year was filled with plenty of travel, adventure, work at The Cycling House, racing and of course fun! For the first time in nearly a decade I did only 1 triathlon. The break from racing triathlon was a healthy way for me to re-kindle my passion for triathlon and I’m excited to be racing Ironman in 2015! Instead of a full run down of my year here a few of the highlights. In 2015 I plan to get back on the blogging train with updates, race reports and training tips. Here we go….
I completed my 7th year working at The Cycling House! I love working at The Cycling House and I feel fortunate to have a job that I’m incredibly passionate about. I get to work with my best friends and I have learned so many invaluable lessons, skills and grown as a person because of my involvement with TCH. I also have the best boss in the world; Owen Gue, and I’m stoked to be able to work for and learn from one of my best friends.
I was lucky enough to work in Mallorca, Spain for the 4th year with The Cycling House for some amazing trips. My travel to Europe has been a huge perk of the job at TCH! Afterwards my co-worker; Zander, and I traveled through the Spanish Pyrenees in a VW Eurovan. Traveling in a foreign country and experiencing their culture is something that I really love!
I raced in 2014 but instead of triathlon I toed the line at a few mountain bike races and ultra running events. My focus was The Rut Run, a 50 kilometer mountain run in Big Sky, Montana. The race was amazing! I also ran the Phoenix Marathon, North Face 50 miler in Park City, Utah and New Hampshire 100 mountain bike race.
One of the highlights of travel this year was a 4 week bike touring trip with 4 close friends through Ecuador. Letting go and gripping the handlebars of a bicycle with all of your belongings is a very liberating experience. We logged over 1,000 miles of cycling through some beautiful terrain. Ecuador encompasses a diverse topography with immense beauty that begs for adventure. More to come on this epic adventure…
Orange Crusher rocked the United States! I made many short micro-adventure trips in Montana and the NorthWest. We conquered; Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Idaho and Oregon in 2014. GoWesty has helped me keep Crusher running like a top! As a good mechanic once told me; “Your not fixing a VW vanagon you are restoring it and it is all about the journey.” My travels in Crusher have provided a new sense of adventure off the beaten path. I look forward to another year traveling the country in my beloved 1990 Orange & White Vanagon named, “Crusher.”
Along with all the travel above I managed to get in a great vacation with my beautiful girlfriend; Bri Lui, in the British Virgin Islands, Florida and California. I’m incredibly fortunate to have the most supportive, fun, beautiful gal around! Best of all she is now a licensed Physician Assitant and she got a job in Missoula. I’m super proud of Bri and so happy to have her in my life!
Needless to say, 2014 was jammed packed and 2015 is looking to be another fun filled year. Here we go….