Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A New Year

2014 -- Here we go.

Here's a little glimpse in to what I have in store this year:

  • Snowshoe racing - in less than three weeks, I'll be strapping on (or lacing up) my snowshoes for  the 30K Sourdough Snowshoe Race in Nederland and then again a week later for the 10K Snowy Mountain Range Snowshoe Race in Wyoming.  Snowshoe racing is a great off season challenge and a fun way to stay fit in the cold snowy days of winter.  I'm always hopeful that some snowshoeing fitness will carry over to running and racing in the spring. 

  • Winter Quadrathlon - I was looking for a new challenge for 2014 so when Steph said she was doing this race and Chris and Mike, I thought why not?  The Mount Taylor Winter Quadrathlon is a 13 mile bike ride, 5 mile run, 3 mile cross country ski and 1 mile snowshoe to the top of 11,301 foot Mt. Taylor in Grants, New Mexico and then all the same in reverse back down.  I'm a little nervous about the skiing part since I've only been out on the skis a couple times and I don't really know how to go down hill, but I have an exellent ski insturctor and I'm not too proud to ski pizza style all the way down.

  • Bike tour of the Pacific Coast - This summer, Nora and I will be teaming up with Mari to ride Highway 1 from the Testerman house in Anacortes, WA to my mom's house in Laguna Beach, CA.  We're planning to take 4 or 5 weeks to complete this 1700 mile ride, camping and staying with friends along the way.  This has been a longtime dream for all of us.  It is going to be amazing.

  • Wedding!!! - Yep on August 30, Nora and I are tying the knot and it is going to be quite a party.  I am so thankful to have met such an amazing person to spend the rest of my life with.  The plans for the wedding are coming together and we are really excited for the big day. 

2014 will be an amazing year, full of adventures and new beginings and I'm sure there will be surprises along the way.  I'm looking forward to all of it and I'm thanful for the wonderful people that I will get to share it with.  Here we go.