Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Out With The Old, In With The New

Well, another year has come and gone. As always, there were some real ups and downs. I think it would be unrealistic to expect smooth sailing at all times; there are going to be some rough waters and maybe even some hurricanes from time to time. I think this year had more than its fair share of stormy weather, for both myself and the people I hold dear. I had to watch friends go through some pretty tough things - things that no one should ever have to endure. Yet, through all these events, all I saw was bravery, determination, and poise. I am so impressed by the way family members and friends carried themselves through the toughest moments in life. I hope that you all realize how strong you are. I also hope that 2014 brings you the good fortune you deserve. And, honestly, I believe that it will. The universe is a finicky thing, but I really believe that good things await those who work hard, are kind, and are optimistic. You all fit this bill, and I hope you'll let me be a part of all the good things that are waiting for you in the future :).

As I said, 2013 brought some stormy weather. I had some of the worst races I've ever had, and dealt with some mental troubles that I thought I'd put behind me. As tough as these times were, I know I learned from them and I think (or rather, hope) that they've made me a better person. Not everything can make you smile, but everything (and I mean everything) can teach you something. I think it's safe to say I learned a lot this year, and am weirdly grateful for the trials I experienced on and off the bike.

Happily, 2013 also brought some of my best races and some of the best experiences I've ever had. I can't thank everyone who was a part of my year enough! Norco, Havy, Coach Dan, my friends and teammates, my family, and Lespy... you all made my year so much brighter than it would have otherwise been. Thank you for sticking with me through my teenage-angst and mood swings (which I guess are over now, considering I'm no longer a teenager... eeek!), my rough races, and any other sticky spots I got, well, "stuck" in. I wish words could describe how grateful I am to all of you.

2014 is set to begin tomorrow, and I'm pretty excited for it to start. After ringing in the New Year here in Nova Scotia with the one and only Lespy, I'll head back to Ontario for a week... and then I'll be off for the biggest adventure I've been on to date! 3 months of wicked riding are planned, taking place in Arizona, California, and Victoria. I'm going to miss my family and the snow (yes, actually!) but I'm so excited for the adventures to begin. And, after that, the race season will kick off. Bring it, 2014!

Here are a few choice photos from the year, I hope you enjoy them!

Spent some time riding in new and cool places last off season. 

Blue Ridge Parkway - it will forever be one of my favourite rides!

Sunny days in California made April one of the best months of the year

Got to ride and race the new 650b Norco. It was love at first sight. 

I spent a year with the two best siblings I could have ever ask for! (sorry I didn't have a picture of you, Jenna)

Why bother riding for 5 hours if you're not going to indulge in some deliciousness after? Peanut butter cheesecake dark chocolate cups... wow. 

I'm so lucky to have two of the most supportive parents in the entire world. Thanks for following me around the globe and back :)

What a wicked team. I love these guys (and guthrie too!)

Nova Scotia is pretty cool, I guess. 

Even Kingston has its moments of beauty!

So much truth here.

I think this might be my motto for 2014. Being an optimist sounds like fun!

Again, so much truth. If only we could remember this all the time!

People that say they don't like the dirt have clearly just not played in it enough

Homemade peanut butter truffles. Sorry for the (second) food picture. At least it's not instagram, right?

20yrs worth of Sorels. They've served us well all those days on the pond. 

I may spend more time on two wheels now, but nothing feels better than a skate on the pond. 

Happy 2014, folks!

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