Laying my Cards on the Table
I’ve been known to pour my heart out on various blogs. If it’s falling in love, falling out of love, or even the moments after my car/bike accident a few years ago. I dealt by writing and wearing my heart on my sleeve. Here’s to having feelings, grabbing a beer and putting it all out there for my own reference but also for my readers to know where things sit these days.
About a month ago I moved to Denver, Colorado. There was a lot of excitement of this new chapter in my life, with an amazing girl, but also a lot of fear. I’ve always lived on the east coast, I had a strong tribe in the southeast and I was finally finding my way racing again. The move was rather sudden (less than 60 days to prep) so things were a bit shaky as we landed.
When we moved I started working pretty quickly at a bike shop, Salvagetti. Within a couple weeks I knew this wasn’t where I belonged. Working retail hours, retail wages, trying to get in time to ride and time to live life with the girl I moved for…well it simply wasn’t doable. Bowing out gracefully, I still hope to spend time with the shop helping with events and on bike fun things.
A new page in this new chapter
This past week I started in a new job at Pearl Izumi. I’ll be working within the custom department in sales and customer service. This department is growing with leaps and bounds, leaving me very excited to be apart of the growth and excitement!
The new job has shifted many things for me. First off, I have off weekends again which allows for adventures with Emily and friends. Empower Adventure is my blog documenting this (and every day adventures too!) Second, I hope to get base miles back in over the next few weeks by commuting 2x per week (60 miles a day) to hopefully get my legs back in order by mid August to start cyclocross prep! Finally, this change to working for a powerhouse in the biking apparel world, and that Pearl Izumi is owned by Shimano… well things on Bike Shop Girl will be shifted a bit. The content I review won’t be too much around apparel, unless I get something from work that I really like and want to share with you. The stock pile of review apparel I’ve been testing out will be reviewed with the honest opinion I have always given but once the pile is gone, I won’t be accepting anything new.
Where Life Leads
While I still am finding my footing in a new Monday to Friday job, I’m excited to finding myself on the bike more often, meeting new friends and documenting new adventures. Is it cyclocross season yet?
Denver Summer Solstice Ride
If you are in the Denver area you should come out next Thursday for the BikeDenver and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Summer Park-to-Park bike ride! Take a bicycle ride from City Park, through the Botanic Gardens to Dos Chappell Bathhouse at Washington Park. Learn More on BikeDenver.org
Join us for a fun summer social event and meet other “green” residents and volunteers!
Ride Start Waves: 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm
Ride Start Location: MLK Statue Denver City Park
Bring your own bike and helmet (highly recommended)
Download the route map
A Special Experience!
You’ll have the unique opportunity to ride your bike through the Denver Botanic Gardens (in the front entrance and out the back gate to Cheesman Park!). The ride pace will be casual. Ride guides will remind you to ride on the designated roadway or bike route and obey all traffic laws. When we ride through the Botanic Gardens we will be riding single file.
Post-ride picnic for the first 400 registrants! This sells out every year!
Avery Brewing Co., Illegal Pete’s and Clif Bar are kicking in some great food and brew for this event! If you are one of first 400 people to register you will be treated to a free Illegal Pete’s burrito and a tasty brew from Avery Brewing Company. Limited quantities are available and are reserved for the 1st 400 people who register. Your ride registration receipt will serve as your food/beverage coupon.
Denver and for the Love of a Bike Shop
Within the next few weeks I’ll be finding my way around the city of Denver, calling a new address my home, plotting out new bike routes, meeting new friends, starting a new job and creating a new chapter of daily life with my Emily.
Going Back to Retail
When I visited Denver a couple months ago I fell in love with a bike shop. The vibe, the customer centric approach and the mission of this shop made me feel at home. While I wasn’t planning on going back “into retail” I am happy to write that you’ll be able to find me at Salvagetti. Splitting time between selling, fitting and community events I believe I’ll find my way in Denver pretty quickly with this handpicked family of bike geeks.
Time for Bike Shop Girl
Going back in retail is allowing me to devote more time towards the community of Bike Shop Girl. With a great calendar of content for the upcoming weeks and being able to spend more time with consumers I plan on delivering more content on what is relevant, needed and lacking across the rest of the cycling world. At the end of all of this I want to spread my passion of cycling to more people, that means empowering, educating and motivating you to get on your bike!
Let me know what you are wanting to see, is it product reviews? More tech articles? The Podcast? Add comments below to let me know!
Finding Joy in Love
I realize that I have done a horrible job recently with musings, opinions, rants and those heart felt post that always seem to get a ton of comments. Hopefully having a well planned content calendar, and surrounding myself with passionate cyclists will allow the time and motivation to push the bike industry forward.
Denver Here I Come
Here’s the short story, between now and middle of June my little family is moving to Denver Colorado.
Why Denver, CO? Great question…
My better half is starting pediatric residency as a rockstar doctor at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Orientation starts June 17th, and we are relocating!
Looking for Jobs, Houses and New Friends!
We head out this coming weekend to look at new houses. Somewhere in Denver proper as she needs to be within an easy ride to two different hospitals. I have a couple of job opportunities in mind but I would love to hear of any positions in the area that you think I’ll be interested in!
If you are looking for the mushy stuff, read here.