Finally.

While a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture is can be summed up in just one.  Finally.  We got about 25″ overnight, and around another 20″ over the past few days.  I spent the weekend skiing instead of running long.  Finally!

Aside from being reunited with my long lost love for snow, I have found a new love.  This cookbook Plenty, is an actual vegetable cookbook.  Somehow I seem to fall into this minority of vegetarians (pescetarians, whatever) who actually loves vegetables and doesn’t want to fill my plate with paste, rice and fake meat.  It seems that most cookbooks and even restaurants cater to the later, so I fell in love with this almost immediately.  If you’re looking for some new styles of veggies or options for them as a main, check this out.  The photography is absolutely beautiful too.

With that, I am off to Boulder for a week, to go drink some better beer, see friends, contemplate my purpose in life and go running while anxiously waiting for the 100 mile loteries I am in (early february).  I am hoping that my leaving the Wasatch will only serve to bring more snow.

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Resolution. Part 2

Now I am looking forward, to 2012.  I am already going big and throwing my name in the fishbowl lotteries for a few 100 milers, with the hope that I’ll actually get into one situated in some pretty mountains sometime in August or September, ideally Wasatch, Cascade Crest or Pine to Palm.  Pacer/crew/post-race breakfast and beer recruitment officially begins now.  I am also debating between Speedgoat or Resurrection Pass 50 at the end of July.  Speedgoat, mostly because it got the better of me last year and I think I can take multiple hours off my time this time around; Resurrection mostly because it’d be an excuse to take a short dream vacation in Alaska.  Anyone want to join for either?

I ended 2011 with a 16 mile trail run in the Wasatch front; after being sick for the past several weeks, I’m finally feeling good.

I don’t like resolutions, but not getting injured this year is a goal on my list, with another being to swim once a week (this should help the non-injury thing and I’m already good for week one!).  The most exciting part of the new year is more resolution, of the photographic kind.  I got a new toy for Christmas, so now I get to play with much more resolution, 18.0 MPixels to be exact!

What are you up to for 2012?

Cheers!

PS- I recently found faith… please help me pray, spill some blood, and sacrifice Utah virgins for snow

Resolution. Part 1

Fitting.  Apparently it’s January, which means some how it is 2012 already.  I usually say this every year with confusion, as the past year has escaped me and I’m not really sure what I had done with it.  This time around the sun, I actually know exactly where 2011 went… I skied my brains out, saw many friends, old and new, saw friends welcome new additions to their families, saw friends get married, said goodbye to some of my own family, got to know my cousins better, climbed a really big mountain, drove approximately 30,000 miles throughout the Western United States, spent time in 22 different National Parks and Forests, ran a ridiculous amount of miles, moved to Utah and pondered what on earth to do with my career.  I think that’s enough to be worthy of filling an entire year.  I am trying to turn myself into a better photographer, and such am forcing myself to choose favorite photos from the endless vault of images that has been the past year.  Most, but not all, of these are mine; but they all suit a mood, happenings or mental landscape.  Following suit of all the bloggers here’s 2011, in photos.

January- Park City in Hiding: This is the view from the front of my Aunt's house over looking the Park City area. In January, I drove up here and proceeded to spend most of the year at their house. This was one of the spectacular cold crisp mornings that I've come to love.

February- Fenders Requested: Spent some time in Bend in February, running and riding on their fantastic trails. This is a photo from a ride on Tele's birthday. Love it. Just love it. February is hard to capture with a photo because I went from SD to SB to Tahoe, SF, Bend, Seattle, Park City and then moved out of my house in SD. The only constant was the puppy, who went everywhere I went.

March- Sunbleached: J&J on a water taxi in San Diego. In March I got to see lots of amazing people and gave away my best friend at her wedding, this was Jayna's semi-bachelorette week.

April- April Powder: Spoiled. Rotten. Am I. The month of April was filled with powder days up here in Utah, including 2 feet of deliciously fresh, light fluffy stuff on my birthday. While I could post a picture of skiing for April, truth be told, most of my time (mentally at least) was spent chasing these two fantastic dogs through knee deep stuff. Let's be honest, no matter how much I love skiing, watching dogs play in the snow is priceless.

May- Flat Iron Vista: Snapped this as I was leaving Boulder. I spent most of May traveling too, but Boulder was certainly the most fun to take pictures in. The entire town was this picturesque scape from the mountains to the restaurants, shops and even the cyclists.

June- Yes!: I doubt one picture will do the Rainier trip justice, and while this probably doesn't capture my favorite view, it reflects perfectly on the climb and a lot of my mental state this year, and thus is my favorite overall. I didn't take this, so credit due to someone from the "A team" for this one. It is simply: done. You have this quiet place in your head, that is a mental struggle, some of which you can say outloud and the rest of which you can't let on until it's done, but you keep starting up to the sky and slog up, careful not to trip, and keep going. Until you can let go of that ice axe in the crater.

July- Speedgoat Mountain Flowers: I ran the Speedgoat 50k pretty slowly this year, allowing me to take the time to snap some pictures for the first time during a race. This is on the way up Peruvian ridge, overlooking the fantastically beautiful, but rarely seen, greenery and flowers at Snowbird.

August- Just a Big Pile of Rocks: The theme for the Bridger Ridge Run that I ran in August. This one is self-explanatory with obviously stellar views of the ridge itself and the entire Gallatin Valley.

September- Two Wheels: Not much beats a bike ride with your father. Unless it's a bike ride with your father in Starlight, PA. If you can't have that, then a ride with him in Steamboat, CO will work as a second best.

October- On Top of Southern Utah: Every time I drive SLC to SD (which seems to be a lot), I camp in St. George and Tele and I go for a mountain bike or trail run while soaking in the red rock and sun. This October was no exception. En route for my final VeloSwap, we took in the Zion views atop Gooseberry Mesa.

November- And That Was All She Wrote...: Shortly before Thankgiving, I was up in Park City for a night and awoke to a good 13" of new snow. I promptly took the three dogs out for a morning snowshoe. Little did I know, that was the last real snow that we would get for the year.

December- My Big Backyard: With the disturbingly warm temperatures and lack of snow, we've been able to explore new trails pretty much daily. With the trailhead a mere 3 miles from my doorstep, Skyline trail above Red Butte Gardens opens up into an expanse of the Wasatch. My backyard, my playground.