As we made our way back to Seattle, we reflected on the past year, where we have been, who we have met, and the experiences we have had. We are so grateful, every day, for the opportunities we have had over the past 2 years but also throughout our lives. We often talk about how we got to where we are today. Ten years ago neither of us would have ever imagined that we would be divorced, remarried and living in a van with our dog, traveling the country, working, racing and experiencing life to the fullest. But here we are, going into our 3rd year of van life and we wouldn’t trade it for the world. I have tried to be very realistic about our journey. It has not always been easy. It can be challenging spending 24/7 with your spouse and dog in a 60 square foot space, most of which is taken up by a bed, kitchen, living space and storage. We have decided to stay on the road for most of 2020 and it is yet to be determined what we will do after that. We both know it will be difficult to transition back into the “real world”, whatever that means, but in the mean time we will focus on living for the moment, living life to the fullest and enjoying every second of this journey.
Ultimately, we spent about 1 month in Seattle. We were able to visit with family, friends, train and race. We had the holidays with both of our families. My parents live in Seattle and David’s mother, sister and her family and his daughter all live about 1 hour south of Seattle. This makes visiting all of them easy and convenient. We also got to visit with friends whom we had not seen in a year. Although we did see quite a few of our friends, we were unable to see all of them. We know the holidays can be a difficult time for people to get together, for many reasons, and we are sad that we couldn’t make all the connections happen.
In addition to family and friend time, we were able to find time to get some training and racing in. We did a few road races and few trail races and as per usual Seattle winter there was lots of rain and mud, just the way we like it. We had planned on spending more time swimming and in the gym but realized we needed some down time from a very busy 2019 season. I did make it to crossfit a few times a week, which reminded me how much I love high intensity training.
The month went by quickly and before we knew it we were back on the road on the way to Utah for our first ultra of the year, Arches 50K. We had a heart warming visit in Seattle and look forward to catching up with everyone again. We always say, we love having visitors, so if you feel like taking a road trip, look us up!!