An Uncertain Start-2018

I usually do a “hey this is what’s up for 201X” post, indulging my proclivity for planning stuff. I end up doing some things, not all. Actually–let’s review my track record from last year:

  1. Fat Biking.  CHECK!
  2. Dog Sledding.  D’OH!
  3. Kingdom Trails-again.  CHECK!  Twice! A day trip & a weekend!
  4. An island…..or a canyon?  D’OH!  This trip never happened.
  5. At least one Mountain Bike race. CHECK CHECK CHECK! I did three! Podium for 2!
  6. The JAM Grand Fundo.  CHECK!
  7.  The Muddy Onion Spring Classic.  CHECK!
  8. A Dog. D’OH!  I’m lobbying hard for this, but right now I’ve been vetoed until we get a bigger place.
  9. Bikepacking, V2.0.  D’OH!  This turned into a MTB Women’s Camping Weekend instead, which was still pretty awesome.
  10. Mystery Getaway.  Sort of–Not really.  I ended up going to Vermont.  Not THAT Mysterious.
  11. 3 more OCR Races. CHECK for 2.  I bagged out of the last one.
  12. Cyclocross!  SUPER DARK EMPHATIC CHECK MARK. Best Season Yet.

I’ve been a little unfocused, coming off a great cx season that I found the most joy in since taking up the sport, and dealing with a winter that has been intensely cold. My work situation is very uncertain, as I learned last week my company has lost the contract for the Program that I run. I’m working with our HR folks to find placement and have had some encouraging leads, but nothing’s a guarantee, and I am unwilling to to relocate. Planning fun adventures feels out of place when this piece of my life is not locked in.


But I might want to change my thinking, in case I am suddenly find myself with a lot more time on my hands. I am looking at another Women’s MTB Weekend with Laura and Gail, and whoever else wants to come. I’d also like to take another stab at bikepacking, and we are looking at TATR-The Adirondack Trail Ride. That’s a 550 mile ride, and we’d do a super short segment of it over a long weekend.


I’m very interested in gravel rides this year. Last year I had a great time at the Muddy Onion, The JAM Fund Grand Fundo, and the NEBRA August Adventure. I like the adventurous feel of roads that aren’t quite roads. And I’ll most certainly be mountain biking too. Beyond that, I can’t be certain of what this year will look like.



About Karen

Mid-life female amateur athlete focused on cyclocross, mountain biking, and road cycling.

2 responses to “An Uncertain Start-2018”

  1. bgddyjim says :

    That work issue is a pain. Good luck.

  2. Kate says :

    if you find yourself with a lot of free time on your hands you can send some messages out to event organizers about volunteering. you can often get a reduced of comped entry for volunteering. Good luck and hopefully it won’t even be an issue.

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