I’m a bit of a competitive person. Specifically, I compete with myself. Every time out, I want it to be my best. On my road bike that means, how fast am I riding? What I’ve come to realize is that that focus is leading me to be a slower and stressed-out cyclist.

My husband, Rick, and I have been researching ways to train that will increase stamina and speed so that we can enjoy longer rides and not feel like we are about to collapse at the end. No small feat considering that we live at 9000 feet and are…

I knew I was in trouble the day the test results came back. I was in my doctor’s office and he was looking at the test results. He squinted, re-adjusted his glasses and looked at them again. He shook his head as he looked up at me and said, “Well, we’ll have to do this test again. These results cannot possibly be right.” When I asked how he knew they couldn’t be right, he simply said, “Because you’d be dead.”

We repeated the test and the results came back — exactly the same. He said, “Well, I can’t explain why…


I passionately believe in the human capacity to define their own lives. It can be hard, grinding work but it leads us to a self-authored life.

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