2013 in review. And here I thought no one was reading this.

2013 was an amazing year! Let me break it down:

Strava reports the following, but does not include the following rides where I:
• did not think a Garmin was worth turning on.
• forgot said Garmin.
• forgot to charge the Garmin.
• forgot to upload the Garmin files to Strava.

What was reported:
I logged 5,391.9 miles, which is the distance between Free State and Bakhtiyarpur, if you were wondering.

Distance between Free State and Bakhtiyarpur
Distance between Free State and Bakhtiyarpur

I spent over 341 hours in the saddle. That’s 14.2 days, or 8.5 40-hour work weeks.

I climbed over 352,480 ft. Thats like climbing Alpe d’Huez over 74 times. And the boys in the Tour only do it once. Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 1.49.55 PM

I went out on over 220 rides, which is just under 2/3 of the number of days in a year. Thats a lot of coffee drinking, and selfies of drinking coffee. IMG_5135

What else happened on the bike:

I raced in El Salvador in my first international UCI race.

I spent two days in the break.IMG_3662

I won points towards the sprinters Jersey.

I signed thousands of kids school note books. This little one was not to sure she wanted my autograph.kids note book

In the US:

I trained a lot. I raced a lot.

I lapped the field for the first time in a crit.

I won some races, had a lot of 2nd and 3rds, and some other placings.

I got one concussion and no broken bones, lost some skin. Right after this picture was taken.rain

Most importantly:
I received support from some amazing generous people who made the above all possible. Without their support none of this would have been possible. I cannot say thank you enough.

Off the bike:

I started working for myself 100% as a freelance Graphic Designer!

I moved to Portland OR.Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 2.28.35 PM

I said YES. To what? You will have to ask me personally to find out.

I wrote a few blog posts about the year that stopped before the season was over. ( I am sorry) I was not sure anyone was reading, but below proves me wrong. I promise to be better in 2014.

Speaking of  2014, I have some big goals, I just hope I can find a team to help me achieve them! Here’s to looking ahead.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

3 thoughts on “2013 in review. And here I thought no one was reading this.

  • December 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    sorry to hear you moved, heard nary a whisper from the usual crowd (bastards) (just kidding). But happy to hear you’re spreading your wings and stretching your legs across other continents. Be well Starla, keep strong and have fun. Happy New Year too (still New Years eve here). All the best up there in OG!

  • January 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    The picture of you in the rain, is one of the best cycling pics I have seen so far. Who took it?


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