After the World Championships in Norway, the mountain bike racing season has pretty much come to an end. There were still a few races on the calendar, but those races were more for fun and to use as a test to make sure the fitness hasn't dipped too low. 

I really enjoy the fall months not only because of the beautiful Colorado scenery but also the opportunity to step away from the day in and day out training that racing demands. I like to refer to these months as the adventure season. My coach, Jim Lehman, still lays out a loose training program but if I wake up feeling like twisting the throttle of the moto or lacing up my hiking shoes you can guarantee that's what I'm going to do.

Every adventure season, I find myself seeking out more challenging and unique trips. Colorado has so much to offer and fall is perfect time to discover these gems. I thought the best way to share some of these experiences was through pictures: 

First up on the agenda was knocking out the Ring the Peak trail system. The ride circles Pikes Peak over the course of 67 miles and over 10,000 feet of climbing. I thought this would be a good idea after 6 days off the bike.. ouch!

First up on the agenda was knocking out the Ring the Peak trail system. The ride circles Pikes Peak over the course of 67 miles and over 10,000 feet of climbing. I thought this would be a good idea after 6 days off the bike.. ouch!

A trip down south was in order to check out the San Juan mountains. The KTM is a good way to cover a lot of ground quickly.

A trip down south was in order to check out the San Juan mountains. The KTM is a good way to cover a lot of ground quickly.

It's easy to see way the moto riding in Rico, Colorado is my favorite place to ride. Phenomenal trails and even better views.

It's easy to see way the moto riding in Rico, Colorado is my favorite place to ride. Phenomenal trails and even better views.

Two full days of motoing will put you in the hurt locker so a nice spin on the road bikes with Sofia was just what my body needed. Knighthorse lake in Durango, Colorado.

Two full days of motoing will put you in the hurt locker so a nice spin on the road bikes with Sofia was just what my body needed. Knighthorse lake in Durango, Colorado.

A transition day to Ouray via the Million Dollar Highway was filled with, well.. Million Dollar views.

A transition day to Ouray via the Million Dollar Highway was filled with, well.. Million Dollar views.

The night before we were planning to hike Mount Sneffels, it rained all night. There was a storm moving in the day we planned to hike to the top of the 14er, but luckily it held off and we had a pristine day of hiking.

The night before we were planning to hike Mount Sneffels, it rained all night. There was a storm moving in the day we planned to hike to the top of the 14er, but luckily it held off and we had a pristine day of hiking.

Sofia and I took the non-standard route to the summit which involved scrambling some tougher class 2 rock formations. We decided to take the standard route down. It was extremely steep and filled with many loose rocks.

Sofia and I took the non-standard route to the summit which involved scrambling some tougher class 2 rock formations. We decided to take the standard route down. It was extremely steep and filled with many loose rocks.

Looking down the Yankee Boy Basin towards Ouray, Colorado. It's easy to see why this region is called the Switzerland of America. Looking forward to getting back!

Looking down the Yankee Boy Basin towards Ouray, Colorado. It's easy to see why this region is called the Switzerland of America. Looking forward to getting back!

I used the occasional Cyclo-cross race to gauge my fitness and keep in shape for the Iceman Cometh.

I used the occasional Cyclo-cross race to gauge my fitness and keep in shape for the Iceman Cometh.

                                                         More moto'ing. Because brapppp

                                                         More moto'ing. Because brapppp

I began to explore the Sangre de Cristo mountains for the first time and fell in love with them. 3 full days of hiking and didn't see one other person. Serenity.

I began to explore the Sangre de Cristo mountains for the first time and fell in love with them. 3 full days of hiking and didn't see one other person. Serenity.

The fun and challenging thing about climbing 13ers versus 14ers is that there is no defined trail to the top as well as limited information on routes. I saw this couloir on my topo map and decided to take what should be called the express route. Over 2,300 feet of climbing in just under 1 miles.

The fun and challenging thing about climbing 13ers versus 14ers is that there is no defined trail to the top as well as limited information on routes. I saw this couloir on my topo map and decided to take what should be called the express route. Over 2,300 feet of climbing in just under 1 miles.

After some admittedly sketchy and exposed rock scrambling I made it to my second summit of the day and ultimate goal, Mount Adams.

After some admittedly sketchy and exposed rock scrambling I made it to my second summit of the day and ultimate goal, Mount Adams.

           "Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirt." - Edward Abbey

           "Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirt." - Edward Abbey

On the approach to Humboldt Peak, I was able to watch the moon set behind The Crestone Needle.

On the approach to Humboldt Peak, I was able to watch the moon set behind The Crestone Needle.

                                                        No hang gliders in the wilderness.

                                                        No hang gliders in the wilderness.

Summit Selfie on top of Humboldt Peak (14,065 ft.) with the Crestone's in the background. The bluebird skies may make it look warm out but I would estimate wind gusts were around 60mph and the temperature with the windchill was well below 0 degrees.

Summit Selfie on top of Humboldt Peak (14,065 ft.) with the Crestone's in the background. The bluebird skies may make it look warm out but I would estimate wind gusts were around 60mph and the temperature with the windchill was well below 0 degrees.

My last two races of the season were over; Iceman and the Palo Duro Marathon. It was time to step away from the bike for my offseason break, and no better place to do that than in the desert sun!

My last two races of the season were over; Iceman and the Palo Duro Marathon. It was time to step away from the bike for my offseason break, and no better place to do that than in the desert sun!

Straight from Amarillo, I headed to Moab (with a layover in Durango for some hiking and Bread!) to meet up with Schultz and DJ Brooks. We were all there for different reasons, but the mutual objective was just getting out there and relaxing.

Straight from Amarillo, I headed to Moab (with a layover in Durango for some hiking and Bread!) to meet up with Schultz and DJ Brooks. We were all there for different reasons, but the mutual objective was just getting out there and relaxing.

Most of our time was spent in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park.

Most of our time was spent in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park.

I've never gone to Moab just to hike. Known as a paradise to most mountain bikers, it was strange not getting out on two wheels at all.

I've never gone to Moab just to hike. Known as a paradise to most mountain bikers, it was strange not getting out on two wheels at all.

Druid Arch. Supposedly it was formed through the freeze and thaw effects of water as well as erosion, but I think aliens placing it there is more likely.

Druid Arch. Supposedly it was formed through the freeze and thaw effects of water as well as erosion, but I think aliens placing it there is more likely.

                                                                     Just hanging out.

                                                                     Just hanging out.

                                                        Delicate Arch. Again, Aliens?

                                                        Delicate Arch. Again, Aliens?

How's that for a picture dump? That pretty much sums up my fall, or adventure season, for the most part. A goal of mine for 2015 is to stay more "rounded" as an athlete. I'm guilty of getting into the routine of training, racing and recovering. I want to stay active by getting out and doing some hikes at least a couple times a month and checking out places in Colorado I have yet to visit.

2014 treated me really well on the race course. I'm so grateful for all the support from my friends, family and generous sponsors for allowing me to pursue my goals and dreams.  Just a few more days off the bike and it's time to start putting the miles in for 2015. Thanks for reading!