I’m Not a Super Cyclist, But I Still Enjoy Spinning My Wheels

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I’m a cyclist, but not a very good one. I’m a pretty strong rider, but not a very consistent one. Last summer, when I told friends that I’m training for the Venus de Miles Century, some looked at me as if I was crazy and others asked me technical questions about the training. I’m way […]

On Wisdom, Age and Family

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While I certainly don’t consider myself stupid or naïve, I would never say that I’m wise. Wisdom is something I associate with ancient Greek philosophers and cartoon owls. It’s such a high and unattainable attribute that I never really even think about it. That changed in mid-April, when I met a friend of a friend […]

How I Found the Courage to Speak Up and Ski Better: A Guest Essay from a BSM

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In April, I received an email from a reader named Cora Helm in response to my post on burn out.  In her email Cora mentioned that as a relatively new skier, she often finds herself alone, unwilling to hold other, better skiers back. Reflecting on her last ski day of this past season, she wrote this essay and shared […]

Even When I Feel Like a Loser, It Turns Out I’m A Winner

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On October 10th, I was feeling sorry for myself. It was raining —again – a not uncommon experience in Colorado during the fall of 2013. My husband was in Aspen partying with friends from college, many of them my friends too, but since it was a “guy thing,” I was at home. My kids were […]