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Monkey Brain

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New Developments & Random Things

1. EVOL RACING took on 3 new riders for this spring/summer season! I've already started having dreams about road racing. This blog certainly cannot capture my excitement for what is in store for this year.

2. This evening I was told by a four-year old that my lego structure ''Looked precarious, and I might want to rethink my foundation...." #failingatLegos?!

3. Always check the pockets of your sweats before doing laundry. Headphones went for a swim.....and drowned.

4. Always check the pockets of your jeans before doing laundry. Credit card went for a steam.....and melted.

5. Apparently, I suck at laundry this week. (See #3, 4 and 7)

6. The same four year old later covered every single inch of my face with kisses so I can "save some for tomorrow" Sometimes I think his level of coolness blended with sweetness will seriously ruin having my own kiddo some day.

7. Ink pens are sneaky little suckers..
Which also do not belong in a dryer.

8. People who do not enjoy brunch, cannot be trusted.

9. Clermont EDR is in exactly one month. Well, technically race 1 will be done and we'll be waking up for #2 shortly. Getting stoked for some early season fun.

10. Dear Coloradans: You should really consider reaching out to some New Englanders to acquire some proper snow-driving etiquette. Or just stay home.

11. People keep asking if I'm watching the game tomorrow. I continuously find myself being really confused thinking "Why are you calling CX Worlds a 'game' "....then I realize they are referring to the Super Bowl. Needless to say Football is not my ride. I will also be avoiding facebook and all social media like the plague. I just won't be requiring those minute-by-minute emotional update posts of the latest play.

12. Spending some quality time in the new Apex Cycling Studio - nothing like killer quality rides with fantastic athletes to keep you honest and working hard. To achieve greatness you need to surround yourself with greatness...which is easily done with the Apex Family.

13. Got some pretty solid advice the other day. It was particularly refreshing because it was so direct. Often times it seems like there is a lot of fluffy cushion added to the thoughtful urgings we receive from dear friends. This was short, sweet and hit it right on the head.
"Your single. Be selfish. Race Fast. "
And on that note....Welcome 2014!

You Gotta Try This

Stirfry together 2 Carrots and 1/2 Sweet Potato, diced up.
Add 3 Baby Bella Mushrooms and a handful or two of Kale (after carrots and potatoes start to soften/crisp up)
Cover cast iron with lid to stem the kale.
Add 1/2 cup spicy pasta sauce.
Season with salt and pepper and throw a littttttle bit o' feta on top.
DONE. Fantastic.

Quote of the Day:

I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises. I know I am.” ―Elizabeth Gilbert

Some Wisdom, Just Because:


Here's to peace, sneakers and crazy good espresso,

Posted by AubreyJ 21:26 Archived in USA Tagged colorado brunch laundry legos bike_racing healthy_cooking Comments (1)

Visit to the Flatlands

From the 303 to the 413

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Massachusetts was a whirlwind visit. Techincally it continues to be....since we are getting dumped on with snow and it's looking like attempted flight back #2 might be bagged tomorrow morning. TBA I suppose. Anyways. Certainly packed everything I could into being back east. Feel pretty lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life.

On to the Highlights:

(To be read in that really fast auctioneer voice)

Drive to the Berkshires. Eat kale for breakfast. Seminar on desire. Ponder intention. Run hill repeats. Yoga Dance with mom. No inhibitions. Reach Z5 heart rate dancing hard to Adele. Vinyasa Class. Organic chicken and homemade bread. Snuggle with my dog. Swim 4500. Get hair done. Nonnie and Pepe over for Lunch. Base run in the slush. Raid closets with Mom. Laugh so hard it hurt. Ask where the ladder was to Nicks Truck. Listen to songs about trucks, in Nicks truck. OWLs Youth Group 60's Prom. See all my little kiddos, who aren't so little anymore. Be really proud of them. Win the limbo. Teach 20 high schoolers the electric slide. Do the cha-cha slide. Hugs. Be cold. Drive in the truck again. See Jordan. See Neal. See Steve. See the Southwick Inn. Leap off of chair, over Steve's lap to get the last spoon, while playing 'spoons'. Stay up til 2. Sleep in til 10. Start phase one of making a homemade South African wine with Dad. Run 8 miles with Dad. Make recycled bike part jewelry. Coffee date with Jess Wenig. Early morning swim. Get a facial. Curse the cold. Drink Mrs. Murphys. Visit Uncle Ray in Soldiers Home. Spend time with Nonnie and Pepe. More hugs. Write articles on cycle touring in Europe. Dinner with my girls. Flight gets cancelled. Movie with my Nick. Snuggles with my dog. Dentist appt. Really good swim wkout. Submit articles for publication. Search for the sun. Miss Colorado weather. Coffee date. Become distracted. Solid Tempo run. Work remotely. Wait for tomorrows flight to be cancelled.

So weird to add oak chips to the first fermentation step.

So. Freakin'. Cold. #overNEweather
17 Degree High Today in Westfield, MA. 61 Degree High in Boulder.

Getting busy. #recycledjewlery #bikeparts #newcalling?

Getting my limbo on. I swear its more quad strength then bendy-ness. #bikes

Look at these munchkins. Who are not my 10 year old munchkins anymore.
College freshman? Highschool team captains? Driving? #feelingold
So proud of who you all are growing up to be. Keep following your dreams. Keep working hard. And for goodness sake, keep laughing!

Also, gotta send a little love to Colorado MultiSport. Getting set-up with the fit-master, Ryan next week.
Can't thank them enough in advance for the support. #gettingdialed

Here's to peace, run miles & new adventures

Posted by AubreyJ 18:26 Archived in USA Tagged travel family yoga running triathlon growing_up kripalu yoga_dance mother_daugther recycled_art visting_home Comments (0)

Thoughts on Instincts & Moderation

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"No matter how high the stakes, sooner or later you're just gonna have to go with your gut. And maybe, just maybe, that'll take you right where you are supposed to be." -M.Grey

I am learning (through trial & error of course) that once your gut starts talking to you, the sooner you listen the better. Sure, your mind and/or your heart will try desperately to tune out those gut feelings. But, at the end of the day those concerns, fears, ambitions, curiosities, or dreams are still undeniably there, not only that but they aren't going to go anywhere. So the sooner you put away the band-aids and realize instincts can't be covered up or brushed off the better.


New Agenda:

"Say Yes"
I’ve been guilty of not always making an effort to do this, but if someone asks something, try to find a way to say yes. Whether it’s a social gathering or helping someone out, just do it.

Everything in Moderation? No Thanks.
I'm not sure where it all got started, Buddhist roots? The 6pm yoga class at the local studio? The whole 'living in balance/everything in moderation' mantra is on the tip of everyone's tongue these days. Everyone is always talking about embracing that middle ground, the place of harmony and balance. Now, I've tried jogging down that trail as well and am not completely ditching it...but I've started to wonder. Oscar Wilde said “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” It's taken a while but I can now realize that I'm just not a live in the middle type of person. I have an addictive personality, I'm filled with expectations, can be fiercely competitive and occasionally resemble a roller coaster. Up until now those have been things I have apologized for, tried to "work on". Screw it. That middle space, where others may feel balance and calm...I feel indifference and void. Excess is exhilarating. That's just how I am wired. Here's to throwing moderation to the winds and here is to a year filled with highs as high as the clouds and presumptively some rocky bottom lows. But, I have never felt more ready for whatever comes my way.


Be an Entrepreneur
If you can make money your own entrepreneurial way in doing something you love...you will never be unemployed and will have fulfillment. Currently working on some very big projects. Stay tuned....I'll no doubt be on the prowl for your support, advise, coffee breaks, ingenuity, and of course distractions.

Countdown to Jason, Liz and Drakey living in Lyons: TOMORROW! (*and of course goosers!)

Countdown to MA: 2 days!

Quote of the day:
“I crossed the street to walk in the sunshine.”

Here's to peace, pressed juice daily & new chapters,

Just Because.

Posted by AubreyJ 19:38 Archived in USA Tagged competition entrepreneur moderation instincts eat_pray_love live_big Comments (0)

A '101' to 2013.


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I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
It is just freakin' crazy how much life can bring in one calendar year.

Here is to the year of 2013.
A year of...
iImprovements, New places, New faces, and New lessons learned.



The Bubble & Good People.


Family & Friends in MA


Up & Coming 2014:

An incredible coaching staff and an inspiring group of athletes.
I am ridiculously excited for all the work to be done and for goals to be reached.

Official Sponsors 2014

Feeling lucky to have so much support this early in the year.

I started this winter season with an IT band injury, keeping me from running for what seemed like forever. 5 weeks of quality treatment and it's like that IT flare up never happened. Running 100% pain free & Oh so thankful.

Because if you are going to push our body hard, you need to let it relax and feel rewarded to.

Face it: Foam rollers just are not that easy or accessible. The R8 helps you roll whenever, where ever. Here's to not having to flop around on the ground to roll out.

Juicing allows the body to absorb all the nutrients in your vegetables. Why wouldn't you want to get the greatest nutritional benefit possible when eating fruits and veggies? IMG_0229.jpg

Coffee. Nice atmosphere. Wifi. Good Art. Cool Staff.
What else do you need for down time?

Who Puts on the Best Races? CLICK IT.
This crew is amazing, year after year. Experienced, Organized, Thorough.
Their T-shirts are even true to size.

The Best in the Business. BOOM
Outdoor recreation, adventure education, making a difference. Group travel, SCUBA, kayaking, incredible swim instruction.
My families business and I couldn't be more proud.

New England Bicycle
Where I found my first set of wheels. Literally.

Trifecta Wines
Train hard. Play often. Drink well.

Well. What else. Guiding words of wisdom? Inspirational thoughts or motivational messages to ring in the new year? Nah. Just keep doing what your doing. Make each day count towards something. Whatever that something is for you.

Thanks to everyone in my life for just being who you are. I doubt you have any idea just how fabulous I think you are.

Here's to peace, choices & change,

Posted by AubreyJ 20:30 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Back To College

but just for a hot second.

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Every aspect of life is mental. Sometimes when things just aren't feeling right upstairs, it is tough to get back to that place of strength, persistence and clarity. The past couple of weeks have been a little sporadic, mostly in that I was allowing my head to create unnecessary stress. Then letting that stress affect other important avenues of my life. I suppose my lesson learned is that "it's not necessarily about WHAT is going on...it is more about how you CHOOSE to respond" Moving forward, ya just gotta keep in control and remember that your power comes from inside your head.


I'm utilizing this week to rest. Rest all of it, body & mind. Usually with this recovery period comes the fear of going absolutely stir crazy or getting agitated because of the lack of training/exercise. But, I'm thinking that might not be the case this time around. I am just totally toasted, and ready for a genuine reset. Next Monday will begin a new chapter in training. New coach and new team training schedule. I'm looking forward to some mega-leaps. But for now, my feet are firmly planted in today and enjoying whatever I am immediately surrounded by.


One day in college I was directed to the ENVS office. Little did I know this trip through Wilson Hall would not only cause me to change majors, but it would shape my direction well beyond any college career. With a flannel on, socks with his sandals, whitewater pics adorning the walls, and tea cup in hand...I met who would become my college advisor, life inspiration and despite being states and years away from out last tea and bagel chats..a continued daily influence on who I am and the path I am pursuing.

As I take some time to look back and reflect on where I have gathered motivation, understanding, and strength....an overwhelming amount of the things I draw from each day originate with him. When I was torn and half-hearted about applying to graduate school, he helped me believe that pursuing my real passion, racing, would be worth it. Don't believe that any human can be this super, gnarly, awesome, and cool. Well. If the socks with sandals doesn't prove it, maybe this will....

Words O' Wisdom that have stuck

"Time to put the distance on...not all animals hibernate in winter."

"Let your shoes be your therapist. Let the road hear your thoughts. It's fall. Time to lay the base for next year, time to put on the distance that makes the foundation for next year's speed work. Strap on your heart rate monitor and go. Get the volume of work way up. Focus on improving technique."

"The mark of an elite athlete is consistent results. It takes 6 years and 10,000 hours to become a world champion." - September 19th 2010

"Keep your eyes and ears and soul open, and learn. Keep your expectations reasonable. Race against yourself, not against them"

"Don't extend your ladder so high there's nothing to lean it on when you try to climb up. You've got to keep your package together several more years...don't try to unwrap it right away, or it may well be empty."

"Remember, when you're all done, ALL you have are the memories of the experiences, and maybe a few trophies or medals. Make the memories. Live the life"

And of course, the clincher.....
"Save your money for peanut butter and jelly."

Graduation 2010

Here's to peace, 3 more years, and never hibernating,


I suppose half of you reading this were enticed by the 'back to college' title....So to be fair....I guess we can dive into the evenings of that era for a just second. Syracuse and WSC reunite : ) And those who might have thought I was going back to school. Nope. Too much learning going on in the big big world right now!

Posted by AubreyJ 20:13 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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