A lot has happened in the last two years since my last blog. I had to pull out of the Tour Divide after 1,000 miles due to a severe Achilles injury. It was devastating to say the least. As I was taking a gray-hound bus from Jackson, Wyoming to Denver I was struggling with the idea of not completing my goal I had worked so hard to complete. I went though lots of physical therapy back in Marquette and eventually returned to consistent cycling in the Fall of 2019. That Fall Olivia and I got married and then shortly after we moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan for a job. We then spent most of 2020 staying with our family during quarantine trying to figure out next steps, and finally we moved to Mason City, Iowa to start fresh in a new place with new jobs.
During the past two years I haven't gone on any major multi day ride or race. I last raced the UP cross series in the fall / winter of 2019 and had a blast! But, I was still hurting from my injury and I had lost my love of epic events. This is all changing soon as I plan on racing the Arrowhead 135 Fat Bike race in Northern Minnesota in February 2022 along with a possible attempt at the Colorado Trail to complete my lifetime Bikepacking Triple Crown!
The past two years have been filled with joy, heart brake, victories, and defeats. I have been trying my best to take it all in stride and keep honest with my passions and be patient with myself when I need a break. I have finally found myself in a position where I can focus on these new goals and truly knock them out of the park.
I will be updating the blog more often and also linking to more videos I create as I train and prepare for my next adventure.
Two years is a long time, but it was just what I needed. It's good to be back.