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:
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!