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Showing posts from March, 2014

Ride 4 Equality: It's an Idea

I have an idea. I fell asleep a couple nights thinking about it and rather than pass it off as impossible, I'm writing it down. I don't care if someone takes my idea. In fact, the more the better.

First, let me remind you about a couple impressive cycling trips that provided inspiration. 
The 2012 Reve Tour where 6 amateur women cyclists rode the Tour de France route one day before the pro men. They had fantastic sponsors, wrote passionate stories about the journey, and proved that women can follow their dreams even if race organizations aren't ready.
Clara's Big Ride which started March 14, 2014. Clara Hughes is a 6-time Olympic athlete in speed-skating and cycling, and a national spokesperson for Bell Let's Talk. She is cycling 12,000 kilometers around Canada for 110 days to encourage communities to talk about mental illness and create a stigma-free Canada.
With a recent birthday and other triggers, I've been thinking about my legacy and how I want my obituary…

Couples Birthday Weekend

After last year's milestone birthday, we had no major plans for our birthday weekend other than to keep work at work and enjoy each other's company for a couple days. I've had a great year with several "best moves" to add to my 40s list, including finding a job in Park City, 30 Days of Biking, and Tulsa Tough. We are looking forward to another year of adventures, good health, and whatever life brings us.

Friday night, we had a wonderful dinner with our favorite couples and shared a couple bottles of wine. Birthday dinner has become a tradition and even though we didn't dress up or wear crazy hats this year, we had plenty to celebrate and be thankful for.

We were super productive on Saturday waking early for Italian cycling before heading to the slopes. We hiked all morning then went home for lunch and a break before our yoga session. This was Terry's 2nd private yoga class to learn how to establish his own practice. I'm proud of how he's accepted …

International Women's Day

Today (March 8th) is International Women's Day. Observed since the early 1900's, it has grown to become an official holiday in almost 30 countries. More importantly, the focus has shifted from negativity to a celebration of positives. If you Twitter, then check out #IWD2014 and #womensday during the day for more inspirational stories.

Women's equality is one of my passions, especially when it comes to women's cycling and other sports. Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is also very important to me. I don't have a lot of extra time so I support my passion for equality via my actions, blogging, and social media. Interestingly, I've been taking a 21 Day Leadership Challenge and identifying my core values. As I worked through the exercises, women's equality ended up in my Top 5.

In the spirit of International Women's Day, I've been thinking about women in my life that are positive influences and deserve celebration. I'm also …

February Goal Review

Another month has flown by and I made backward progress on several of my goals for 2014.  My business travel was far less in February, but my body didn't cooperate and I was limited by back pain. Just this past week, I've turned the corner and was able to attend cycling class and get back on the slopes. Time reserved for goals was spent on physical therapy, icing, doctor and healing appointments. I'm looking forward to a healthy March and moving forward!
February Summary A1: Finished 2 books.  One for pleasure, one as a work project. - The Keeper of Lost Causes (Mercy) by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Will be reading all of his novels!   - Tribal Leadership and the 21 Day Leadership Challenge.  I'm only a week in, but so far so good.
A2: Missed a few blogs. Realized it is easier to keep up when I'm traveling and alone in hotel or airport.
A3: Kept it to 1 week out of 4, sort of.  I traveled a 2nd week for cycling and Terry's work, but it was definitely worth it. (February…