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

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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

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October in the Bubble

Autumn. Playdough. Training. Sponsors. Chihuhuas. Stuff

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This year has certainly held a lot of change, a lot of action and a lot of just pure awesome.

I've moved twice, traveled a ton, competed in 16 races with consistently stronger performances from start to finish, all after picking myself up and getting put back together after a rough 2013 winter/early spring....it's interesting how I managed to live so long in survival mode without even realizing it. Anyways. As the dust settles from a busy season, I am able to recognize the fact that I'm feeling pretty darn put together. Valuing friendships, relationships and family with a renewed priority / passion has been empowering. Very often I've been findng myself being consciously thankful for all those things that we so easy take for granted....like our health. Reflection Complete.

Now, the goodies.....

Work

Spending time around such a curious, intelligent and genuine hearted kiddo keeps me sane. Playing outside, collecting leaves, and digging in the dirt keeps me grounded. Having him educate me on recycling, lead me in yoga stretches or observing how his peer group cares for one another gives me immense hope for the future. So, yeah...work is going well.
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Playdough. No wonder every kid at some point in their life tries to eat it....it smells pretty darn good!

Training

EK Team Runs are back on which is exciting. I look forward to Tuesdays quite a bit. There's just something about those EK Endurance Kids...nicest bunch of athletes in all of Boulder. Boom. #Fact. Swimming a new plan, it's been a while since I haven't been able to make every interval in a set. Woof. Determined to stick with it, dial in the technique and get faster. It always about getting faster.
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Not a bad looking bunch celebrating Elizabeth's next chapter. Congrats to an amazing friend and talented athlete!

2014 Sponsors...So Far

Red Rock Coffee House
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Thank you for the good conversation, relaxing atmosphere, a seasons worth of lattes and the boulder sunrise race. With great success, first comes a cup of great coffee.

Trifecta Wine & Cellars
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Best wine. Best people. Incredible support.

Big Y Supermarkets
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For a donation to keep my belly full while racing Cohassett Triathlon in MA

Massage Boulder
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Looking forward to building a relationship focused on recovery, progression and spreading the word

Image of the Day:

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"Because sometimes you just need to soak up a good snuggle"

Quote of the day:

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” -Stephen A. Brennan

Here's to peace, aspens and sunrise runs
Aubs

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Worlds Recap & On Life Notes

London – Massachusetts - Boulder

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Standing in the holding corral 3 waves away from my start at age group world championships. About ten of us girls have very strategically found ourselves in the front of the pack, all very aware of exactly who is moving where and when as to not get pushed back into the group at all. We are all very chatty and friendly, it almost appears as if we are thinking about something else other than our start position. Ha. Yeah right. Because its the girls through the little gate first that get to walk to far end of the pontoon. And it’s the far end of the pontoon that for this course have the taped off little squares to stand in that will give you the straightest course line AND the least congestion/chaos. Anyways. So there we were 3 waves away from our start when we notice a small hand written sign that states “Now a 750m swim course” WTF? Is that even allowed to happen at such a big race? Turns out it was allowed. The swim was indeed halved.

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Side note: This meant that T1 and T2 combined were just shy of the swim course.

Cold. Everything. Air. Water. Feet. Fingers. Just Cold.
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Bike course was a little nutty. To many athletes on a tight technical course. Waves should have been spaced out further, in my humble opinion. It seemed like the officials just gave up giving drafting penalties. Lost my water bottle on mile 2 – cobblestone speedhump. Thankful it wasn’t a hot day or things could have gotten interesting. As it was the thought crossed my mind to see if in T2 a bike next to me would still have water in it. It wasn’t the germs that would deter me, it would have been 1. The time it would take and 2. Mystery water bottle owner would surely have their own weird concoction of powder, carb, go fast juice in there that would make me cramp up and die.

Run. 3 laps which is just cool. The more laps the better. You are able to have a much better understanding as to where you are, where everyone else is, your pace and the familiarity of the loops just builds confidence. I like it. Good thing I’m pursuing an ITU race life.

Overall 17th in my division. Field was very stacked. Uh…Duh! Each race of the season has been stronger and faster than the last. Knock on wood, I haven’t had a ‘bad race’. Except if you count the one I got lost and did a couple extra miles on the bike, but I still nabbed second there. It’s encouraging to see growth and efforts come to fruition. It is also a big wake up call as to how many other girls out there are working hard, staying focused and reaching for the same goals. There is lots of work to be done between now and April.

Assorted Thoughts/Revelations/Opinions

On New Beginnings:

Settling into my new jobs, new place, new chapter. Haven’t felt so much balance in my life, perhaps ever. There really just seems to finally be a true harmony between sport, play, love and independence. One avenue isn't deterring or hindering another, in fact it even seems like each one pairs with and builds into the next strengthening it.

On the Floods:

It was so strange to miss such a powerful and terrifying event completely, but return to see the aftermath. The damage and catastrophe so many families are facing is still devastating. The power of mother nature is often overlooked until something like this touches so close to home. I am thankful that there are so many good people in this community rallying together to help put back together the pieces. As a species, we are resilient.

On Time:

I like to plan ahead. It gets me excited. Where to go, what race to do, places to see, people to connect with, adventures to be had….However, I need to start making a more conscience effort to look a little closer. Boulder helps with that. Being content in the moment and trusting that whatever will be will be and it will be amazing. All the places will get seen, the races raced and the adventures embraced, calendar or no calendar.

On Whitewater:

This part of me may go neglected for stretches of time, but the passion and love for the river will never change. Glad to have gotten out with a true friend to stir up those play-boatin’ giggles again.
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On Kids:

Putting little E-man to bed the other night and after reading polar express and goodnight moon (already epic, I know!) I told him to “dream good dreams tonight” His response was: “I will. I am going to dream about hebilly the penguin and his cupcake dance” Followed by lots of giggling. There will never come a day where a child’s laughter doesn’t make me smile.

On Choices & Change:

Ever look at all the places your life / your direction COULD have gone, but then one small choice shook it all up and then BOOM you were on this new quest, with new scenery and a new passion for everything. Then you look back and wonder, ‘huh…how was that going to be sustainable…” It’s wild huh? Such a crazy and powerful phenomenon. This has happened to me in big proportions several times. I thought things were all figured out and those things really just ended up being little bridges to cross, learn and move on and away from. Those things and those experiences were real, don’t get me wrong. After all, bridges have foundations made on concrete. They just can’t go on forever, that’s not their purpose. And thank goodness, I'll take the firmness of the earth under my feet and in my soul any day.
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On Appreciation:

While riding the other day I had the thought (while cruising in the fall air, doing a life inventory and literally watching a horse gallop against a snow-capped mountain scene of majesty) I thought “This is where dreams are made”. Thankful to be in a place that can spark emotions and feelings like that.

Quote of the moment:
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Next Up:
Oktoberfest Relay (Run Portion) - October 5th
Fruita Oly Triathlon - October 6th

Here’s to peace, finding love and whitewater play days,
Aubs

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Time to get BARMY!

Just learning some British slang...#NBD

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"The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world." -Oscar Wilde

Does this translate over to cyclists who can dominate London roads? Well. I suppose it doesn't matter because I am far from mastering them. Today google maps told me I had 2 miles to travel from our flat to the park where I could do some intervals. It took me 30 minutes, totaling over 5 miles. I loooove riding my bike in circles. After 5 miles I found the park. However it took me another 7 minutes to find the entrance. #sooowarmedup. I'd say after todays performance I'm more of a C-/D+ student on the road right now. Tomorrows another day to try again!

Thank goodness triathlon courses are 1. closed to traffic 2. marked with signs 3. cone off wrong ways. 4. have volunteers with loudspeakers and 5. have volunteers with loud voices. Otherwise I would be lost. Actually, despite all those things I have gotten lost on a bike course once. But those are still good odds, better than the daily commute around this insane city.

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Packet pick-up = Check
London Latte = Check
Get lost walking from the Tube to the Flat = Check
Interval Ride & Really good brick run = Check
Video chat with this ridiculously handsome guy I know = Check ; )

That's the day in a nutshell.

How about some trivia?

London Fun Facts

1. The nursery rhyme Pop Goes the Weasel refers to the act of pawning one's suit after spending all one's cash in the pubs of Clerkenwell.
2. London was the first city to reach a population of more than one million, in 1811. It remained the largest city in the world until it was overtaken by Tokyo in 1957.
3. The only true home shared by all four Beatles was a flat at 57 Green Street near Hyde Park, where they lived in the autumn of 1963.
4. Events at the 1908 London olympics included rugby, standing jumps and tug-o-war.
5. Medieval London had a 'pissing alley' and a 'shiteburn lane'.

New Word of the Day:

"Barmy" - If someone tells you that you're barmy they mean you have gone crazy. If something is described as barmy it can also mean 'wild' (*best said in a british accent, really drawing out the 'aarrrrr' sound)

Quote of the moment:

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Countdown:

F-ing World Championships: 2 days 10 hours 15 minutes

Important Note: Sending love to everyone in Boulder! I heard over 9 inches of rain this week, people are buzzing about it here. It's amazing to see people reaching out to help one another as things get crazier. Stay dry, stay positive and I'd say go splash around a bit...but you'd get dysentery so maybe stay inside, kick your feet up and have a bottle of wine.

Important Note #2: I can't thank everyone enough for your support, kind words, hugs, 'likes' and best wishes for this event. It's amazing to hear from friends old and new, near and far. You guys are so stinkin' cool, so appreciated and loved very much.

Here's to peace, riding between double decker buses and race number 30423,
~Panda

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Compression socks are on. Let's get down to business.

Written in the airport terminal...Where else would I be?

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I've definitely got an auto-pilot mode established for travel races - it's pretty sweet to (for the most part) not get overwhelmed by the packing, preparation and unforeseen glitches that are just part of the party. In this 'mode' energy conservation is key, especially mentally. This thought made me realize today that mentally, I am just in such a better place than this time last year. There is more focus, more direction, more love and more support than I think I've ever been surrounded by. I am grateful every day.

I am sitting in the airport in Boston, with my Mom, my Dad AND my Nonnie heading to race at World Championships. In London. The hype and excitement of a race this big is pretty damn cool all by itself...but being able to share it all with my family. Yeah. Wicked! And I'm feeling good. Real good. EK has been getting me ready for sure...it feels like this whole season is about to come together. HARD. Just a gut feeling.

So. 2012. I raced in New Zealand, finishing 16th in my division and 64th woman. It was one of my better races in 2012. As I play the result analysis game at the terminal, I've discovered that I've been racing consistently 6-10 minutes faster this year than my average race last year. (Evil laugh goes here) So, as I'm not quite ready to disclose my personal goals for this race out in social media world. They are big.
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Photo Session of Epicness

We had way too much fun. Lots of love to you guys, your the best
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Countdown / Schedule:

Wednesday: Arrive. Team Ride 2pm. Parade/Opening Ceremony. *Don't worry I brought all sorts of Patriotic goodies #dollarstore
Thursday: Interval Ride & Brick Run
Friday: Dad races the sprint!!! Team Ride at 11am
Saturday: Team Run 7am. Elite Women race 8:30. Opener day. Check bike.
Sunday: Swim smart. Bike strong. Run tough. F-ing celebrate!

P.s I was just THATTT girl that is dancing (arms in the air) in the airport with her headphones in. #passionpit

Quote of the Moment:
"You just have to love what you do....or you'll never get to the top" - Jan Frodeno.

Here's to peace, keeping some zen and staying hydrated,
Aubrey

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