Got a lot to be thankful for this season. I look back on this summer with a lot to reflect on but I appreciate all of the opportunities I was given to ride my bike and share my love of it with a lot of amazing people. I recently got a new job with Whistler Blackcomb as the Public Relations and Social Media Specialist, which is something that has forced me into a deeper appreciation of the help I’ve had from the people in my life. Kinda funny – the day I announced that I accepted the job on social media, I got this email from Emily Sabelhaus, who I coached last summer at the Dirt Series:
“I’ll bet you $20 you don’t remember me, but I’m going to write you this email anyway! Just wanted to give you a quick, but very sincere thank you for setting me up with the Range this season. It has been the PERFECT bike for me. At the risk of sounding very cliche, it’s changed my life for the better in so many ways! I stopped by Fanatyk Co this weekend to tell you this in person, but your buddies said you were still at Interbike… lucky!…
I love this photo of Emily Sabelhaus on what I think is the Peak trail on her new Norco Range. She sent this to me with her amazing note.
“Since coming home with the ‘Park Ranger’ earlier this summer, I’ve redefined the meaning of work/life balance (strong words, but very true). I moved to Seattle from Colorado last year, finished grad school, and got a new job…Then, on a whim, I took a trip to Whistler with my buddy Sasha. On another whim, we walked into Fanatyco looking for DH rentals for the day, and we ran into YOU! As you may or may not recall, you sold me the [Norco] Range that day, and it’s been bliss ever since. I still love what I do, but I am much, much more motivated to leave work on time at the end of the day to ride bikes with my buddies. This equates to better work/life balance, which equates to a happier, healthier me. I raced the Range a few times this year and had a blast, and I’ve met a new crew of phenomenal, like-minded ladies in the Seattle area that also love to shred, which makes me extra happy! Long story short, thanks for helping me make the balance happen ”
I doubt Emily can appreciate how timely her words were and how much I appreciated hearing from her. I’ve worked hard over the years to “do what I want” but to still earn the credibility I thought I needed to land the job I still can’t believe I landed last week. As exciting as this change in my life is, I had a moment of sadness at the thought of leaving my family at Fanatyk Co and at the Whistler Mountain Ski Patrol. Last year was so, so hard for so many people around me and for myself – what’s been especially great has been the outpouring of support I’ve had from my colleagues, friends, family and from my sponsors with this new change. I am so pumped that my “plan” worked out. I still can’t quite believe it, but I am stoked about this new chapter in my life – writing more, getting immersed in the culture of Whistler Blackcomb and being able to actually train full time when I’m not at work so I can still shred my bike next summer.
Amazing. And most of all, thanks to Andrew Gunn – the best dude in the world.