This offseason, I am really capitalizing on building up an ample supply of happiness watts. After a short stint at home in Vermont, just enough time to unpack and feel like I actually do have a home, I flew out to Santa Cruz for the Specialized Women's Brand Launch. Specialized invited non-endemic media to introduce them to the women's brand. This was an amazing group of ladies who I had so much fun with over the weekend. I haven't laughed that hard or that much for awhile. We rode mountain bikes, road bikes, and cruisers, we ate tater tots at Burger, we skipped rocks in the ocean, and generally frolicked around in cycling bliss. I was reunited with my teammate, Kate Courtney, and my sister, Sabe, and it was as glorious as I remembered.
Then, Jojo and I headed to Colorado Springs for the USA Cycling mountain bike committee meetings. Here, we discussed the nuts and bolts of mountain bike racing in the U.S and gave our feedback. This was another great gathering with fantastic people. Then, we jetted back to Santa Cruz to hop in Jojo's sprinter van to the Santa Cruz Enduro for the weekend. We camped (so enduro), we shredded in baggie shorts (so enduro), and we conquered. It was fun to race my first enduro and get to really experience the type of racing jojo has been doing all summer. It's really hard and also a complete blast. I won and Jojo came in second so the weekend couldn't have gone better.
After that, I headed up to Tahoe to check out where my sister will be stationed for the winter. In short, it's awesome. There are piles of single track everywhere that usually include epic climbs, descents, and views. We've been riding a ton, and I've accidentally put in a decent training week with all these adventures. I rode mountain bikes for a solid nine hours over the weekend alone. I'm stocking up on happiness watts especially since Sabe figured out how to make maple marshmallows from scratch. Anything Sabe bakes and anything with maple, yes, it's mind blowing.
How have you gotten your happiness watts lately? Get some. They are important.