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I'm talkin' about a little place called Aspen...

sunny 60 °F

Observations

Multi-sport athletes have more laundry than an entire family of four combined.
It sure is a good thing that we also believe in things like the 'smell test' to determine if things are truly dirty.

Packing for an adventure, no mater the duration....always involves a series of track bags. Typically packed by sport or fabric type (cotton / tech)

There are three food guaranteed to be in an athletes apartment at any given time.....no matter how tight the budget. 1. bananas 2. Greek yogurt and 3. Whatever free junk you got with the last race packet (gels, bars, shotblocks, crap) I think a runner up #4 would be eggs.

Is there a way to determine which sport an athlete gravitates toward the most? Perhaps its something in the ratio of spare tubes:bathing caps:running shoes in the car or apartment? Which for me at this moment is 4:8:3....maybe some truth there?

Birthday Weekend

Surprises are the best. Especially when they involve the trifecta of travel, mountains and bikes. I was told what to pack (including the mtn bike) and that was the extent of my knowledge. After a coffee stop at Red Rock we set out on the road to Aspen (but I didn't know it yet). Arrived to our Swanky suite in a fancy pants hotel and got ready to hit the dirt.
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The weekend snapshot included: Pandas. Sidewalk lunches. Fireside snuggles. Stars. Amazing Italian dinner. Smugglers Mountain trail of up, up and more up. Mojitios. Brunch. Red Hill's trail of technical, switchbacks and more technical...which was fantastic walk-a-bike practice ; ) And just an overall weekend of celebration in the mountains.

Thanks to all my family and friends for the birthday wishes. It means a lot to hear from friends old and new, near and far.

Things of Great Excitement:

Relationship with ROLLrecovery
The Revolutionary ROLLrecovery System
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An absolute gift to your body. More to follow soon!

The ol' right knee has been throwing a wrench in my groove the past couple weeks. I've been forced to slow down, focus on recovery and staying smart. There is nothing worse than have a little break-down drag out for months on end. So. Here's to hoping that being proactive (even though it's not easy to sit a home while team run is happening) pays off and I'll be back course asap. *That is not something of "great excitement." But, it's something...and it certainly doesn't deserve it's own bold title.

There are times to be patient, and slowly walk the road of your goals and then there are times to look at where you want to be and do whatever it takes to get there. No excuses.

Flashback

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March 2010. My very first time in Colorado. I spent one day in Boulder, with two dear friends and I left secretly promising myself that someday I would live there. There hasn't been a single day since this summer that I haven't at one point thanked my lucky stars for being able to call this place home.

Quote of the moment:

"Keep every door and window open. The more opportunities you remain open to the better. And worst case scenario, you're living each day in some fabulous fresh air."

Here's to peace, changing seasons and looking forward
Aubs

Posted by AubreyJ 19:50 Archived in USA

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