It was a roller coaster year, starting with a lot of intense highs and really positive experiences and events, and ending with some real lows and feeling pretty lost.
- Went to Kenya and Tanzania and met a bunch of inspiring bike organizations, and hosted a women’s bike forum in Kenya which was successful and rad
- Got a promotion at work to a fancy title with ‘director’ in it
- Bought a condo
- Entered a bunch of mountain bike races for the first time. Won some of them. Quit a race: a first for me. Had a lot of fun. Pushed myself. Got to spend a lot of time riding with friends and getting to know mountain biking trails in Massachusetts. Spent a weekend riding at Kingdom Trails.
Not great things:
- The World. A criminal, racist, misogynist, every other type of bigot President-Elect. I feel like its hard to talk about why 2016 was a tough year without pointing this out.
- Stopped playing bike polo. I still have a lot of mixed emotions about this. Even if I play again at some point, I’m glad I took a break for a while.
- Smashed my face and wrist in the Blue Hills, which was not only expensive , but I felt pretty rattled by the concussion for a while and couldn’t ride my bike for a couple months. Still can’t ride on trails.
- Lost confidence in where I’m going in life and what I’m doing on this planet. I’ve felt really directionless the last few months, which is a scary thing to me because I’ve always been someone with a lot of direction and momentum moving towards something.
And on that note, I look towards 2017 hoping to build on the many good things about 2016, and to both be more comfortable with feeling a little lost, but also hope to feel a little less lost.