Thursday, January 3, 2013

Shift to a new year

The new year always brings about a welcome fresh start. Holidays this year were spent with as much family time as possible. There were some poignant reminders of how fleeting and finite life is, which have shifted my priorities and perspectives. Each day is precious, and living much more in appreciation of that fact is my intention for 2013 and beyond.

We have been enjoying a lot of snow this winter so far. Snowshoe running is the main way we enjoy that, but I've also dusted off the cross country skis (which didn't get used at all last year). I'm not a great skier, but it always makes me smile, so it's worth doing more of right there.

I'm excited to be on the La Sportiva team for 2013, and am fired up to train and race. Last year's season was just winding down when I started to find my groove, so I'm happy to have some races coming up fast.

Snowshoe racing starts next weekend at the brand new Summerstown Forest Snowshoe Race, which will be my first race of 2013. I'm looking forward to fitting in as many snowshoe races as I can, and then ramping up for the Bear Mountain 50 Miler this spring. After missing it last year I'm looking forward to it even more.

Meela frolicking on the snowshoe trails.

That dot in the sky is an owl I heard screeching.
Piling up.

Winter? No thanks... Mali prefers to lounge by the fire.


Buttons said...

Oh Sara the snow is wonderful I have been enjoying it too. I have not put on cross country skis in years I think I forget how. Ever since "someone" gave me a pair of snowshoes I have truly been in my kind of paradise. It is so funny Mila loves running and Mali loves relaxing. Enjoy your races Sara I wish you well in all you do. Take care. B

Buttons said...

Meela I am so bad at spelling sorry Meela. B

Sara said...

Thanks, Buttons, and hope 2013 is a great year for you.

Meela doesn't mind the different spelling. Mila I think is the 'human' way of spelling it, so she probably think that is how we spell it. She's a complex alpha doggie. :)

Kelly Wald said...

Hey Sarah, congratulations on the La Sportiva team and fun to hear you’re keen to get racing, Bear Mountain looks like a great race. I hope I get a chance to meet you at the Dion Frontenac race!

Derrick said...

Meela seems to be enjoying our snowshoe loop...looking frisky for a 13yr old.

GZ said...

I never landed a sponsorship with a shoe team exclusively, but for a bit, I wanted to be with the La Sportiva crew. In my mind, solid group with a solid mission. Congrats on being part of such a great group.

Sara said...

Kelly, I very much look forward to seeing you there! Let's hope we keep lots of snow.

Derrick, Meela is only a teenager! That's still pretty young.

George, Thanks, and I agree that LS is a very fine company. We have definitely enjoyed and appreciated our relationship with them.

Karen SF said...

I always appreciate your beautiful perspective, Sara.

Congratulations on making the La Sportiva team once again. I'm sure you will have a wonderful season and I am thrilled that you have lots of snow to play in.

Hugs to all of your humans and canines!

Sara said...

Thanks, Karen, and hugs back. :)