|A very sweet individual created this caricature of me, and while I don't think it looks like me (the caricature is far better looking!), I thought it was cute, and decided to use it here.|
I'm a bit of a spaz and while I try my best to write posts in a logical format, this doesn't always happen. There are simply times when the hamster wheel that is my brain takes over and you may find yourself a tad annoyed with my nonsense.
I should also note here that while I am well-versed in the different meanings of they're, there, and their, its and it's, as well as to and too, faze and phase, or any number of other oft-confused words, my hands and brain do not always cooperate and I later discover typos of all sorts. Please forgive any of these that you may find as I, at times, rush to get something out and don't proof as well as I should. Believe me, it embarrasses me, but I can't seem to eliminate this flaw.
Over the years, I've elected to hide many of the early posts as those thoughts contained more personal happenings and unrelated matter that is presently irrelevant to the focus of Endless Velo Love. So, if you're one of those who likes to go back to the beginning, you may find big jumps in time (my apologies) or even items that seem completely off-topic back toward the beginning. I also at one point had two separate blogs: one for cycling and one for weight-loss goals. These were eventually combined here, as I found it difficult to maintain two separate blogs. While weight loss petered out, cycling topics remain.
As time has passed, I've contemplated (at various points) closing up shop, so to speak. It's no easy task to keep a blog together for any stretch of time (I have great admiration for those who do), but I have to admit I enjoy being able to share my failures and triumphs, heartache and euphoria with others. So in summary, that day has yet to actually materialize. Without people reading and sharing their experience(s), it would be far less enjoyable though - so thank you!
This blog is by no stretch a number one read for the masses, but I look at it as my opportunity to share what I've learned and to be taught by others. To this end, please feel free to leave your thoughts on anything that catches your eye (respectful comments, please, even if your beliefs differ from mine or another's).
Since this is supposed to be about me and not the blog itself, I suppose I should share something about the actual person behind the scene.
My name is G.E. and I reside in the United States in the state of Colorado, about a 30-minute, no-traffic drive (much longer bike ride) outside of Denver. I grew up in California on the central coast in a smallish farm city and still have relatives residing on opposite ends of the state. I love Colorado though and view it as home after living here for a number of years now.
I rode a bike as a child and pre-teen, after which cars took over my interest. I wouldn't find myself on a bike again until my late 20s. At that point, I still wasn't riding frequently, but in 2005, I started riding more regularly on a bike borrowed from my husband. I was training to run a marathon (a whole nightmare of its own, as I am not a runner by any stretch), and was looking for ways to cross train and work different muscles.
Since that time, cycling has taken on more of a transportation role in my life, but I have great interest and enthusiasm for training/sport rides to see how far and/or hard I can push myself. I have dreams of multi-day bicycle tours and long distance brevets, but there is time for all of these possibilities. I completed my first century in 2013 - something I never thought possible due to hand issues - and rode my second one just a couple of weeks later. While I struggle with speed, endurance seems to lend itself more to my strengths... or perhaps stubbornness.
|Sam and G.E. - It's an older photo, but just picture this of us, with more wrinkles now.|
Locally, I am known (at least to those who have spent any time around me) for my cookies and baked goods. I have no idea how it started, but it's difficult for me to escape an event without a request for chocolate chip cookies. Since I enjoy baking, it isn't really a problem though.
If you've happened upon me for the first time, or have been reading for many years, I hope that you find something of value here. If you'd like to get in touch with me, feel free to check out my Contact Info page. I'm happy to chat about just about any topic, so please don't hesitate to drop me a note or leave a comment on a post.