Long drives, like the one I did to Interbike, give me a lot of time to think (and sing). Probably more time than is good for a person. Nevertheless, I spent a fair amount of time reflecting on the last year. Where I have been, how hard I fought, and the big decisions I made. It wasn't an easy year but in the end everything turned out OK. Actually more than OK, and I thank my lucky stars for that every day.

One of the things I realized was that I have spent the last year living in survival mode while I job hunted, moved, adapted to a new lifestyle and career. It was kind of exhausting and I only had the energy to live one day at a time. Now that my life has settled down (a bit) I've decided it’s time to start dreaming again. So I set 3 goals: 1 person, 1 professional, and 1 athletic.

How I feel when I set goals. 

I've learned that setting goals keep me focused and reaching for more. Some of my goals will be achieved more quickly, and others may change or evolve over time. It’s OK, as long as you keep fighting. This time around I’m going big, and I suggest you do too.

What are your big dreams?
Specialized does this crazy thing where they invite a handful of our dealers and employees to ride their bikes from our warehouse in Salt Lake City to Interbike in Las Vegas, Nevada. They ride over mountains, across deserts, and through pouring raining to ultimately collapse 6 days and 600 miles later in the drive way at Mandalay Bay. Sounds awesome, right? I couldn't agree more.

Running on Mars... or in St. George
I don’t have the chops to pull off a ride like this (yet), but I enjoyed a similar adventure as I ran my way to Interbike. Ok, I didn't run every. single. mile. like the kooks on bikes did, but I did get in a freaking sweet trail run at each stop along the way.
By the numbers:
1-muddy tumble
2- Runs in the rain
3- States visited
4- Trails ran
5+ times I thanked my lucky stars I have such an awesome job
17- Mile Ran

Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah

Turns out this was a great way to get my run legs back, and the perfect way to kick start my training for the Monterey Bay Half Marathon in November!

Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah

Where I ran:
Boulder, Colorado: Wonderland Lake
Snow Basin, Utah: Green Pond Loop
St. George, Utah: Snow Canyon State Park

Las Vegas, Nevada: Lake Mead State Park