2013-5-21_maroon_bells

38th State

Last week I threw out a pile of boxes that we used to move into our current apartment about 1.5yrs ago. Merely days later my employer asks me “How do you feel about working in Denver, Colorado for 2 years? Maybe I jinxed myself by throwing out those boxes!

Getting word that I need to move to Colorado and start work there in mid June results in quite an increase in cortisol levels and creates a tornado of thoughts to whirl around my cranium:

– Oh, there will be lots of cycling opportunities!
– TWO velodromes (well, 1 right now, but 2 once Boulder Valley Velodrome is completed).
– How bad does the snow get?
– Where is my work location relative to various shootings that have happened.
– Am I really ready to leave Hawaii?
– Can I survive in the mountains, away from the ocean, and with no source of fresh ahi poke?

I’ve already been using Strava to figure out where I can train, climbs I want to do, races that I want to race, where the new Trader Joes (opening in Q4 2013) is located, etc. I know it will all work out, but in the meantime I’ll be busy driving myself a little crazy.

Racing in Hawaii has been a fun journey from 175lbs and slow to 138lbs and fast at my lightest racing weight. Being a bigger fish in a small racing community where everyone knows everyone is fun but it’s going to be nice to have a fresh batch of competitors to kick my ass. Having a ton of cool racing such as Mt Evans and Pikes Peak hillclimbs (in the same weekend) should be enough to get the racing juices flowing and my motivation back to where it used to be.

Another bonus to living in CO is that I’ll be there in time to see the USA Pro Cycling Challenge!

I lived in Colorado for 9months as that was my first stop when I arrived in the US. The move from CO to HI was never really planned and happened within 2 weeks. Once I had left Colorado I had some regrets about things I should have done or seen. It will be nice to be back there and fill in the blanks! I’ll definitely be making a Colorado bucketlist so that I accomplish all the things that are not possible in Hawaii.