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Elisa Jones mountain biking up pet-e-kes trail grand junction, colorado

Can’t Help But Smile

“The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet it is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: Small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

I’ve been smiling a lot this week. Maybe it’s a more hopeful, positive out look that I’ve developed. Maybe it’s being engaged with a new job, a new role, feeling like I can make a difference. Maybe it’s trail project things that I’ve been working on and the pieces are starting to come together…. maybe it’s being able to spend time with new friends and old ones, too.

Dave and I haven’t seen much of each other the last few months. It’s been pretty exclusive to meetings about Epic Rides or the GVTA. Today I insisted that if it was just the two of us negotiating, couldn’t we do it whilst partaking of riding bicycles?

So we took turns sharing life updates and talking about the Grand, and what my role might be this year. But mostly, we played bikes. I crashed a little (I’m going to blame it on my rear shock being low), and hurt some parts of me, but nothing too serious. Totally worth being out in the sunshine, riding with my colleague, adviser, and friend. IMG_2163 IMG_2164

Dave’s socks.IMG_2167

What? Me cleaning the ramp thing? Oh yeah. IMG_2168

Elisa Jones mountain biking

Right at Home

“Short cuts make long delays.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

I woke with the sun this morning and went for a solo run out at the Lunch Loop. Ever since riding Sarlacc I’ve been a little neglectful of my health. Also, I think I’m still waiting for inspiration for what to do next year.

I ran in the area of the Three Sisters and took the hike-only Hilltop trail. It was difficult to follow and find- I’m fairly certain that aside from the people who built it, I’m the only one who knows that it’s there. It’s a tricky little rock staircase. A short cut, but a long delay.

It’s nice to be reminded why I am a morning person. I relish the sunrise.

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Ride, then Run

“Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do-the only thing-is run.” 
― Lauren OliverDelirium

I’ve started getting up at 5am, like I used to do. I get up and I go to the gym and I spin or swim or do strength training, or run. So I was already a little tired today when I hit the trail.

Dave, due to surgery, is not in riding-bikes shape yet. We  had a meeting coming up this evening so we decided to meet for a run and discuss the plan and any final details.

Since he had another meeting before he could get out to the Lunch Loop, I brought my bike and did a little 1-hour solo ride before our run. So…I was, again, tired. I was thinking maybe another 30 minutes for a run, then rest the rest of the day.

This was not to be. Dave pushed me for another hour, at least. I lost track. By the time we headed back to the TH I was almost so weary I was tripping over my feet. But it was worth it. We got ready for the meeting, we took trail pictures for Picmap, and even met up with the Hilltop Trail Crew, the leader of whom was to be our facilitator for tonight’s meeting. I took pictures and was able to give them kudos on social media.

(Later: it hit 8pm and I was too tired to function. This was a problem as I was still mid-meeting. Note to self! Next time you have to play Board Chairman- REST!)IMG_0924 IMG_0937 IMG_0938 IMG_0940

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