Crater Lake came into my life unexpectedly when a road trip spontaneously got extended. With the gift of extra time, my husband James and I found ourselves in the lovely little town of Bend. Our location, the fact that we had our bikes with us, and our love for craft beer all resulted in our stay in a place that we had never heard of, and quickly fell in love with.
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It is official. ‘Just a Girl and a Bike’ the book is now available. This has been a long project … Continue reading My Book Release – The Story of How I Learned to Reach for the Peak
Sometimes things do not go as planned. Sometimes what you set out to do or to accomplish doesn’t happen. Life … Continue reading Failure: What is Your Definition?
My story is simple. I was the MOST unathletic person in the world!!! When it came to my ‘physical being’, I was uncomfortable in my own skin, and at times very anxious. I preferred to be a wallflower and to hide from any real adventure.
Shortly after I married my best friend, James, he bought me my first real road bike. I had no idea that I had just started not one, but two, life long relationships.
Less than six months later I found myself at the base of Alpe d’Huez, a mountain in the French Alps well known for its appearances in the Tour de France. Completely overwhelmed, and wondering how the hell I was going to make it to the summit where our hotel was, this would be an absolutely life changing day. It was also the start of a journey, which I am still on.
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It has been a long journey… 13 years ago, I met my bike. Up to the point of this … Continue reading My Book
As I took the first pedal stroke, I looked up at the mountain before me. As I began to roll, … Continue reading The Essence of the Mountain Pouring Into My Soul
My secret identity is … yes … I am actually an IT geek. I know that my writing is all about my bike, my adventures, and my journey. But, before I started cycling and spending time in the mountains, I was a computer scientist. This is how I met Stacey. Stacey is the brilliant leader of the security team at one of the companies that I contracted for. She was one of my key stakeholders on multiple projects, and thus, I quickly got to know her as an IT professional. Always strategic, mindful, and very professional, she was one stakeholder that I definitely enjoyed working with.
During our time as work colleagues, I got a glimpse into the many sides of Stacey. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. I quickly came to realize that Stacey is quite the endurance athlete. I barely had time to train for one sport. I didn’t know how she balanced a full time professional career, training for three sports, and a family!!! Yes, it did appear to me that Stacey was some sort of superwoman who did it all. Yet, when I asked her if she would have time for a coffee as I was wanting to learn more about how she kept her immune system strong, she didn’t hesitate to say yes.
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