Coach Cary's Blog

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Confessions of a social media luddite

You know when you were a kid and you looked at your parents who refused to listen to the new hip music or embrace the new hip trends: And you thought to yourself “I will never be like that”? And then you hit your 40s and you look at yourself and you think “I am...

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Crawling out from under my rock

  I know I dropped off the radar. There wasn’t all that much I felt like writing about so I thought I would spare you. That reprieve is over, sorry folks! I always go into a bit of an early winter funk - many of us do I suspect - but I’m on the other side of that now....

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Saying Goodbye to Arizona!

Tomorrow we will pack up and begin our journey home, with a stopover in Moab for a couple days to break up the trip. I am hoping our Suburban survives long enough to get us home. I am also hoping I never drive a Suburban again. I still can’t park the damn thing, it’s...

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Update on our slow-motion tour of Sedona.

Hello again from Sedona. I don’t have any epic trail stories to tell. Sorry. But we are slowly making our way around the various Sedona trail areas. Learning the lay of the land. I am sticking to the intermediate trails and finding they suit me and Puck just fine....

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Checking in from Payson AZ with an update on Maya.

We transferred from Sedona to Payson yesterday. It’s not far, about 2 hours, but it is a completely different world. Payson appears to be in what they call Rim Country. I’ll figure out why that is when I have a few minutes, it’s been a little hectic; but maybe it has...

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Sedona! Yoga! Amazon Lockers!

Yes, I HAVE had several coffees today!!! We made it to Sedona yesterday after a 7-hour drive through rain and snow. The Arizona roads we drove could be in a campaign for (the need for) new infrastructure spending. To be fair, they probably don’t feel as bad when not...

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A Chilly Stopover in Moab

Hello from sunny Moab. Sunny but cold. We made it here just in time for the first freeze of the year. But it was snowing in Colorado, so I will stop complaining right now!! It SHOULD be warmer in Sedona. Weather don’t fail me now: I left all my cold weather clothing...

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The Flying Circus 2018: Arizona Edition.

The Flying Circus is on the road again, making our way to Sedona, Arizona. I rented a 25’ Airstream this time. And since that is too heavy for my Volvo to tow, I also rented the Suburban to go with it. I feel like I need that bumper sticker that says “My other car is...

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Corsica: Wow!

I apologize for dropping off the face of the earth. I was so busy biking, eating and drinking coffee and wine in France that I couldn’t find the time to update the blog! Tough life. I packed up the animals and we left Crested Butte for Denver on September 8th. On...

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One Mile at a Time: 40 Miles with a Heavy Heart.

When Alexis convinced me to come out of ultra-retirement and run the 40-mile Grand Traverse – a race that goes from Crested Butte to Aspen - with her last winter, this wasn’t how we imagined it. This was to be her first ultra. My comeback from knee surgery. Two...

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Mountain Biking from Telluride to Durango

Sounds impressive, right? But for non-Coloradans, it’s not THAT far. It does, however, require a lot of climbing; those damn mountain passes just get in the way. Mark and I had been considering a trip like this for a while. It was with a self-guided tour with a...

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Another Great Week in Park City

I do love Park City. Soon I will have people to visit there (yay Grant & Shawna)! I’ve already spent more time in their new house than they have. This trip was just me & Puck, packing our days with as much fun as the two of us can handle. Our days mostly...

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ON THE MOVE: From Star Pass to Park City!

I am writing this from one of my favorite coffee shops in Park City (which has the added bonus of allowing dogs!). For those of you who know Puck, picturing him sitting quietly at a coffee shop is probably hard to do. He’s getting the hang of it, but yesterday...

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Surviving Aunt Cary’s Adventure Camp

It has been a busy two weeks, focused on my nephew Max’s visit this past week. This was a big deal. It was his first solo trip. And it was my first attempt to create a fun adventure for an 11-year-old. My sister and I had been talking about it for a while and I was...

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I’m still standing! Puck turns 5!

Let's review the last year: August 1, 2017: I completely ruptured my left quadriceps tendon. July 14, 2018: I completed a 50k trail race. TAKE THAT, middle age! It has been many years since I last ran a trail ultra. I’ve been training hard, but I knew this race would...

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