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Playing with Grandpappy Winter

By December 11, 2011March 22nd, 2017No Comments

Since I last wrote to you, I went to Salt Lake and Park City, Utah for a few days for work, squeezed training in around the trip, and headed back to Albuquerque for the holidays.

Snapped an aerial photo of the Rockies

My focus has shifted to Yak Attack training – a 10 day stage race through the Annapurna region of Nepal that I’m doing in March!  It’s going to be amazing, and amazingly hard.  There are some stages that require hike-a-bike through snow where the air is thin, so I’ve been incorporating some hiking into my training as well and riding on the snow.

Things like

Hiking in Boulder….


Yaktracks… gooood.



Riding up in the canyons



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Up and down… that’s the good stuff.

I got to Albuquerque on Sunday and the snow followed me. We had a storm move through Monday leaving the foothills blanketed with 4-6 inches of snow. I actually enjoy riding through the snow in the foothills and I make sure to enjoy it because when it starts to melt, the trails will be off limits.

Before my ride, I had to act silly.

Think I could put some cleats on these?

I got to make my own tracks…

and messing up XC ski tracks.

It’s actually pretty tricky to ride in the snow, especially when it’s slightly crusty and there are existing tracks from skiers and walkers. It’s like riding through slippery sand which offers up a great power workout!




I love the holidays because I get to spend time with my friends and family that I don’t get to see during my busy race season. The hardest part is not eating all the delicious baked goods my mom made all at once. Self….restraint….

Did a little tasting at the Gruet Winery which is actually in Albuquerque. I liked their Xmas tree!

Today is the winter solstice. I have something big planned, now I need to kick my butt out the door and go do it! More daylight from tomorrow on! Now that’s good news.

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