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Goodbye 2010.....Helloooooo 2011

Recapping the highlights and looking positively at the horizon...

sunny 38 °F

Another year comes to a close.
Each one seeming to be better than the one before.

After 2009, living 5 months in the Galapagos Islands...and spending two and a half weeks in the Philippines....I thought ''this has to be it, the year of all years" but then life goes on, things change, progress and swoop in or out unexpectedly. I guess if you open yourself up, cut the strings that seal you up and prepare for everything and nothing all at the same time you can really get picked up and carried away by the beautiful, crazy, roller-coaster of the world.


Select events, In no particular order - and by no means be-littling all the other cool stuff that went down

-Graduated with two degrees.
-Lots of live music, including three Phish shows with my lovely lauren and loads of sparkles.
-Traveled to and from California four times, and I wouldn't trade any of those reunions for anything.
-Got to try surfing
-Read so much.
-Snowshoed in the mountains of Colorado with my best friend
-Lived for me. Truly.
-Drove to and lived in Iowa for two weeks for racing. Qualified for World Championships.
-Florida ladies trip / St. Anthonys race
-Deelys first birthday!
-New people - New energy
-New race bike!
-Countless rides, trail runs and river showers with my training partner & best friend
-Learned to link cartwheels at T-ville
-Stole / adopted the beloved 'Russel' - who has grown to be a staple in the cook family household.
-Caught lobsters in New England with my Dad & Tully!
-Concluded an incredible OWL year - with an EPIC end of the year ADK backpacking trip
-Splatter painted ourselves and the camp sign with my little sister, ms. Cathy
-Celebrated my Grandfathers life.
-Traveled to Budapest with Team USA, winning the silver medal in Sprint World Championships
-Getting to hug both of my parents after being awarded my medal.
-Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, & Italy (most of which with my world travel sistah, Bridget)
-Officially declared and decided to pursue racing professionally as a career / life goal.
-Led lots and lots of kids into the outdoors for adventure, education and the appreciation of all things natural.
-Many fun nights, that are vaguely remembered, with my closest, most amazing and supportive friends.
-Being healthy.
-Family dinners. Lots of eggplant parm and grandparent love/support.

Hmmm.....this makes me happy, thankful and nostalgic all at the same time.

Quote of the day:
"She realized at a young age that she cared deeply for those close to her, but she had to live for herself. And she did amazing things"
-A card in faces that has become my mantra for the past 18 months. : )

Clermont Draft Legal Race: 2 Months, 2 Days

  • ***WHICH MEANS....I just sat staring at the computer screen, breaking a sweat with an extremely elevated heart rate until I got the courage to click the 'register now' link. Then I typed at fast as possible, completed my purchase (all the while forgetting to breathe). The screen flashed 'confirmed' and my light-headed, sweaty palmed self actually did it!!! I got one of the 75 spaces available for the only age-group draft legal race in the country. Wow. Excuse me, I need to go crap my pants!

Here's to Peace, Pasts and Futures,

Posted by AubreyJ 12:23 Archived in USA

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