Starting fresh is always a good thing. You can reflect on where you were at previously but can look to the future with new-found confidence and excitement knowing what you’ve been longing for is finally here. I am starting a fresh new season here in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina where I hope to set up the foundation to a fantastic year racing.
Growing up, we always travelled to the mountains to go backpacking, hiking, camping, canoeing, what have you, and I would always hate leaving as the hills where I grew up just weren’t the same. I always thought that someday I would live in the mountains, maybe a cabin perched in a high up valley with stunning views along with incredible everything right from your doorstep, whether hiking, riding, rock climbing, skiing… Yeah the mountains around Asheville aren’t the Rockies or something of that scale but they’re still pretty sick. The riding is endless with tons of climbs, one being literally at the base of our dirt road. If you want rolling hills, the roads just to the west of the French Broad River offer plenty and if you want a flat ride, for say the TT bike, you can roll out the French Broad. I don’t know about the rock climbing but there’s tons of hiking close by with Mt. Mitchell not far up the road.
I think I’ve found that place that I’ve been searching for and to top it off the cabin I’m in for the next few months is simply stunning. They designed and built it with inspiration from a trip to Norway and Sweden so it’s an incredible open space with wood everything. The floors, walls, ceiling; everything simply goes together and creates a feeling of your sitting in a cozy cabin next to a crackling fireplace looking out at the mountains through the trees, and unfortunately rain too at the moment.
With an awesome cabin and tons of roads to be explored, these next few months are that new starting point. I can really dial everything in again without having to worry about working, where I’m going to live, and other worries of a professional athlete. People always seem to travel on vacation to the mountains, maybe stay in an awesome cabin, and do awesome things, but then leave and miss it once they’re back home. Why not just live where you feel the best, have the most fun, and feel at home. Truly excited for these next few months! Thanks for reading and check back often as I’ll be writing and posting photos and videos more so than I have previously, and hopefully of good quality.