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March Madness


Remember that time when I actually wrote blog entries on a moderately regular basis? Yeah me too. I don’t even want to think about how low my Klout score probably is right now! I guess I’ve just been going through one of those periods where my real life has been trumping my internet life. It has also been hard to be motivated to write a blog entry when I know I can never top the Keep Your Heart Open entry of 2013. We all know it’s true and I’ve already come to terms with it, don’t worry.

The last four weeks of my life have definitely been March Madness indeed. The highlights:

  • Moving. A pretty major distraction was definitely the fact that I recently moved. Actually it’s probably a good thing I haven’t been blogging. It may or may not have ended up being just a lot of whining about moving. To make a long story short I found out at the last minute that I was moving out of my old house a month earlier than planned. I somehow kind of pulled it together and completely moved out in a week and a half. To be fair, I had a ton of help from some of the amazing people in my life. I definitely could have never done it alone!

    photoStill not quite settled in at the new house – but hey my new comforter looks great!

  • Country music. I have been going through this really confusing time in my life where I have gradually been accepting the fact that I like country music. I was actually looking up tour dates for Florida Georgia Line the other day, and you don’t want to know how many times I listened to “Sure Be Cool If You Did” by Blake Shelton while teleworking on Monday. I can’t fight it anymore.

    I admit that I love this song.

  • Mary Jane. I had the chance to ski Mary Jane for the first time in March and I was impressed. The mountain was a blast, the views were great, and the ski traffic was nothing compared to what I am accustomed to battling. I have had the Epic Local Pass (Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek and ABasin) for the past three years, and after skiing MJ I kind of decided that I was ready for something new. I’m officially switching to the Rocky Mountain SuperPass next year which gives me Winter Park/Mary Jane and Copper plus six days at Steamboat and three days at Monarch. I’ll probably also throw in a four-pack at Keystone and ABasin because old habits die hard. Plus let’s not forget how much fun I had at Copper in February! I’m already excited for next ski season.

    photo-1Mary Jane trees are kind of awesome.

  • Marathon. After taking a five month break from running I signed up for the Pikes Peak Marathon. I might be crazy. No seriously, this is the first race I’ve ever signed up for where I have actually thought that there was a legitimate chance I might not cross the finish line. The Pikes Peak Marathon is definitely a whole different ballgame compared to the Chicago Marathon I ran in 2011. Luckily I know some really awesome runners here in Colorado. I consulted my go-to running guru Jerry who helped me construct a loose training schedule, and as long as I don’t get too distracted by rock climbing I think I will be able to do it! Feel free to come watch me suffer on August 18.

m_google_earthSlightly terrified when I look at this picture.

So far April is shaping up to be a lot more low key than March, and I’m really okay with that. It’s nice to only be living in one house again! Also I was finally able to get back to climbing tonight after a month long hiatus due to a strained tendon. It’s amazing how much I missed climbing on walls the past four weeks. And hey, I was still able to climb an easy 5.10, so I am hopeful that I didn’t lose too much ground.

photo-2On the wall again.


Author: paulamahla

Typical Colorado girl that can't make up her mind. Trail running, hiking, climbing, camping, CrossFit, ultimate frisbee, and skiing? E, all of the above.

2 thoughts on “March Madness

  1. I agree-Berthoud pass is nothing compared to the tunnel and the MJ of Winter Park is so fun! glad you are getting settled in. Good Luck with Pike’s Peak-you are brave!

  2. We had the WP/MJ/Copper pass this year and just didn’t fall in love. I don’t know why. We had a 4 day at Keystone and loved it…maybe because we know the mountain so well…?

    And you are crazy – Pike Peak Marathon….lost your mind. But then I’m all signed up for the Mt Evans Ascent so I don’t have a lot of room to talk, although mine is much shorter!

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