It’s been a few months since I posted last, and when I think about what I’ve been doing since September, it comes down to mostly “adulting.”

Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.

I started teaching 6th grade English at Maple Creek Middle School in late August, and transitioned from full-time to part-time at Summit City Bicycles & Fitness in the process. The same week that school started, I began working with a coach to “level up” my mountain biking, as I moved from racing at the Sport level into several Cat 1/Pro races at the end of the season. Needless to say, it was a steep learning curve.

The first nine weeks at school was not easy. Running a half marathon wasn’t easy. Experiencing total burn out and painful cramps on both of my last races of the season wasn’t easy. But they were all learning experiences. I learned how to manage my time and prioritize sleep. I learned that rest and recovery is vital; maybe even more important than training rides. I’ve been budgeting and meal planning and applying for my first home loan pre-approval. I’ve been tracking my nutrition and spending and rest days (because its far more difficult to take a true rest day than it is to go out and play volleyball or run or lift weights or ride my bike). All of these things sound a lot like “adulting” to me. And, now that I’m 30, I suppose I should be doing a bit more “adulting.”

The best part though, is that “adulting” well allows me to have fun too. I spent Christmas break in Colorado with two of my siblings–five full days of snowboarding in the mountains. Meal planning has given me the ability to minimize weekly grocery trips and the ease of just pulling a pre-cooked soup or burrito out of the freezer rather than having to think and cook and prepare a meal at 10 p.m. at night or 5 a.m. before work. I also have the stability of a consistent schedule: strength & conditioning (and volleyball) on Mondays and Wednesdays after school, cycling workouts on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday, and rest on Friday. It’s busy, but its consistent and (mostly) manageable.

I’m looking forward to this year. I have some epic trips planned (Arizona, here I come!), and an ambitious race schedule lined up of both local and “bigger” races. I am as fit as I’ve probably ever been (despite being “old”). I’m hoping to purchase my first home sometime this spring/summer. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll actually start getting my camera out again (once its warm enough to be outside). Life is good.

The funny thing is, much to the dismay of my millennial self, adulting really isn’t as bad as it’s cracked up to be.

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