Monday, June 30, 2014

Tour De Wyoming Film

Hello again!

As promised I have attached the link to the Tour De Wyoming safety video that Kyle and I filmed and edited right here. Even if your aren't participating in the tour, the safety tips that are in the film are mostly universal, so using it as a safety tool for commuters and riders alike would be great! I hope you enjoy it, tell your commuter friends to check it out! Thanks and cheers,

Taylor

Summer Thus Far

Greetings!

I hope those of you that will read this are having a great summer regardless of what it has transpired so far. Laradise has certainly upheld its title these last few months! Though I have not spent much time here the last two months due to birthdays, weddings, triathlons, mountain bike races, and family time, the time that I have spent here has been superb. 

The intense tornado of classes, homework, studying and tests have left just a handful of us here for the summer to train and study. It seems odd not having our large team together 24/7, but I am getting used to the intimacy of our small summer training group. The training sessions have also been excellent and with our Jackson camp coming upon us quickly, trail races and triathlons around the state and Colorado, it doesn't seem like the training will become any less enjoyable. I am finding it hard to believe summer is already half over, but that fact alone is a great excuse to get out and enjoy what little time we have left before the whirlwind starts up again. Having such an physically demanding schedule, your body starts to become more and more tired, but on the contrary the soul and spirit becomes even more alive and rejuvenated. One would be crazy to complain about living a life like this. During training sessions I have more than enough time to think about life and figure out all of its complications and wonders. When I'm not training, I day dream about my next adventure and what it will bring. Having the time to really train and enjoy summer has been such a blessing and I am thankful for that each and every day.

I recently finished a project for the Tour De Wyoming committee. They were gracious enough to donate to us a generous sum of money to help us get through the ski season. As a trade, we were asked to film and edit a safety video to help them keep the tour riders safe and aware throughout their tour across the state. Kyle and I were able to work in tandem allowing us to get the project done with great success. Hopefully it will help the tour participants to remain safe while they ride while meeting or exceeding the tour committee's expectations. My next post will include a link to the video if you wish to watch it.

Well you don't have to suffer through any more of my rambling, that is it for now. I am hoping to work on and post a few more projects here before too long so you should see some more posts from me eventually. Also, as the summer progresses I will be trying to post pictures of our latest and greatest adventures so you too might be motivated to get out and enjoy what amazing things life has to offer. Until next time, keep living life to the fullest and make life happen!

Cheers,
Taylor





Friday, June 27, 2014

Step After Step on the Sagebrush Steppe

Morning. Low clouds.  Misty mountains. Sunrise. SAGEBRUSH.  Most people would look out on the high desert of northwest Wyoming and say, "There ain't nothin' but sagebrush out there."  THEY would be wrong.  There are prairie dogs, golden eagles, horned lizards, the cutest baby pronghorns, night hawks, badgers, horses, beetles, and a man in a brown-and-gold plaid shirt pacing back and forth.  That would be me.  I have been conducting prairie dog surveys for almost a week now, and have been hiking transects through the sagebrush for a solid seven to eight hours a day, minus a short lunch break or a rerouting of the GPS. Not what most people would think of as summer ski training. But, at the end of the day, I can barely take the last step...so it has to be doing something.  That and a few strength sessions in the hotel workout-room will be my training for the next four days, followed by a deer GPS collar chasing session in the mountains, and the UW ski camp in Jackson.
  As I look out the window at the Wind River Mountains of all of the hiking in the mountains that I will do this summer.
For now, my feet will be firmly planted in the sagebrush steppe.  Actually they will be planted thousands of times...step, after step, after step, after step.....

Random Summer Training? and fluffy snow


A randomly generated bunch of short vids from the past.... http://youtu.be/vJp2eWBA5EY

Cheyenn Tri



The sun rose slowly above Turtle Rock as we drove to Cheyenne for the Triathlon on Saturday morning. What a beautiful way to start the day!!!!

The Tri was on the Air Force base, which added some interesting issues for the day. We were told to go to Gate 2 but they didn't know anything about us there so we had to go to Gate 1 to the VVC to get a VP, or something to that effect.

When we arrived at the VVC it became clear that we were going to struggle to get to the race in time. It was supposed to start at 7am and at 6:30 only a few of us had even began getting our visitors passes. These passes consisted of background check, fingerprints, photos and a lot of typing and printing.

Rachel, Becca and I got to the start at about 6:45 and still have to unload and setup. Rachel and Becca were in the first wave and it was a rush!

They made the start but neither of them had any idea where they were going on the bike, which was a problem since Rachel left the transition area first! Rachel had multiple problems, first the brake was on for the first half the race and then she got lost... She was chased down by a private in a car and got back on track but it was a major problem. Becca faired much better and had a great race!

Elise, Sindre, Taylor, Kristy and I all started in the 3rd wave and Kyle in the 4th. It was still a little interesting to find the bike course but I LOVED it! So interesting, beautiful and variable. Fairly often bike courses are out and back but this one wound around everywhere!

Everyone raced so fast and well! It was exciting to watch them all crank around the course. Both Taylor and Kyle got a little lost on the bike and Kyle got a flat at the end of the bike!

We all had a fantastic time and are looking forward to the Riverside Tri in Casper next weekend!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SUMMER 2014

Summer in Laramie has been amazing so far. The weather has been in the 60's and 70's with awesome afternoon rain storms almost every day. Practices are carrying on as usual. Mondays are an OD workout or recovery day, Tuesday and Thursday are strength and yoga, Wednesday is a fantastic OD, and of course Friday morning BREAKFAST CLUB. I have heard rumors of new Breakfast Club shirts!

I think the highlight of training so far was crust skiing in the Snowies. There is still snow up there, but I have not been up for many weeks. We had one really amazing crust ski day toward the end that included some upside down yoga poses. I still get chills when I think of how beautiful Med Bow peak looked upside down!

Last weekend was the first triathlon, but I will let someone else who actually did it tell that story. I was on the mend after appendicitis a couple of weeks ago. I mostly recovered now, but am going to sit the Casper triathlon out to be safe. Mason and I (and I hope others) are headed up to Arlington for a day this weekend for a run up Rock Creek and to check out the site I adopted for surveying amphibinas this summer. I am excited to see if the snow is gone and if the mating has begun.

We are also getting stoked for a trip to Jackson Hole over the 4th of July. We will finally get to hang out with Yara and Sam. Hopefully the Sprinter (its going to need a name) will be here in time for the adventure.

That's all for now! Please post about your adventures.

LETS KEEP 365 STOKED GOING.