It was like I blinked and the year was over. Before the year ended, the season ended (for us anyway). 2014 went by so incredibly fast. I guess the saying is true that times flies when you’re having fun. And have fun I did. From riding almost daily in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, my weekly trips to Emigration and East Canyon, and then the longer trips like Wolf Creek and Bear Lake trips… I had a blast. I actually cried when we took the bikes inside for the winter! But fear not… Warmer weather is on the way again.
2014 took me to a place that no other year ever had. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again; I really found myself this year. I found that there were more important things than worrying about the future.. I decided for myself that for the first time in my OCD, type A personality life that I was just going to go with the flow, riding from one canyon to the next and enjoy the fresh mountain air. I learned to let go of what was bothering me and move on. I stopped caring about what others thought about me and how others thought I rode. I didn’t care to be the slowest rider in a group, I just enjoyed the moment and let it be.
I’d like to say that we spent a ton of time tearing up the track and taking courses… But we didn’t. We planned on it, but it didn’t work out that way. I would also like to say that I’m getting ready to start racing (since I talked about it so much last year), but I’m not. I had a reality check and unfortunately realized that our finances weren’t in the right place at the time. And that reality sucked… But I wasn’t going to spend money I didn’t have on something that wasn’t going anywhere. Track riding and racing will always be there and it’ll be right there waiting when I’m ready for it.
I’ve decided to list my top 5 favs of riding in 2014 so here ya go!!
5. 2014 Hallowheelie Ride – I mean it says it in the name!! HALLOWHEELIE!! My two favorite things combined into one: Halloween and riding. This was our second time attending the annual ride through the streets of SLC. It’s always a blast. The looks we get from people on the street is priceless. It’s always a great time to hang out and see the riders we haven’t seen for a while. I’m always thankful to be apart of it.
4. I was thankful to have a job that I only worked three days a week. That meant riding wherever I wanted to the other four days a week… And I took full advantage of it. I rode just about everyday that I had off. It didn’t even matter where I rode to, I just rode. I had never felt so free and invigorated. I wish that I could look forward to that again this year. But now I have a big girl job that I am required to work M-F. But you better believe everyday after work that I can and every single weekend I’ll be out there hitting those beautiful canyons.
3. VLOGGING! I decided to try my hand at vlogging this summer. It definitely was not smooth sailing at first haha!!! Talking to myself was so weird and even with a helmet on I felt like a weirdo. It was not something that I took on easily. But I finally got the hang of it. I would not say I’m good at it by any means!! But it’s fun and adds a different twist to riding. I’m glad someone enjoys them. I usually just shake my head when I’m done editing and post them… But I am my own worst critic. I’m looking forward to doing more with spring on the way and already have some ideas. And I’m always open to feedback!! If you think I suck, just tell me. If there’s something you are interested in hearing about I’m happy to hear it.
2. My hubby and I rode out to Bear Lake which is a huge beautiful lake in between Utah and Idaho. We took all mostly backroads and only used freeways in the very beginning and to connect us to the next canyon if there wasn’t a clear route to the next connection. We both had a blast and plan on doing it again at least once this next year, if not more. It’s awesome to experience the mountain roads instead of the freeways and always a great time to take the road less traveled.
1. My favorite riding moment in 2014 was going out to the Salt Flats. It was something else. I’ve driven past them before but I had never been out there until I rode my bike straight onto the salt. It was like nothing else I have ever ridden on. Like glass.. It was strange and amazing and I could’ve stayed out there all day if time permitted. Yes the salt rusted parts of my bike that I didn’t manage to clean off. No I wasn’t prepared for that. HAHA!! But there are no regrets!! I think it would be amazing to race a Bonneville…. Maybe one day ;). Special thanks to Jessica aka Dlinquencious for enjoying it with me.
So here’s to 2015!!!! I’m itching to ride and anxiously awaiting warm weather. If 2015 is anything like 2014, I will be over the moon. If you’re somewhere nice and warm, ride safe! If you’re not and you feel like I do, just hold on!! It’s coming 🙂
p.s. here’s my end of the year youtube video: