11 years ago on this very weekend, I married Tim at Mt. Tabor Park in Portland, OR. Friends and family from near and far joined us and it was amazing. But if you would have told me 11 years ago that we would be doing what we are doing now, I would have never believed you.
For my wedding, I had a beautiful scar on my right shoulder and my chin, b/c I was such a horrible mountain biker. So bad in fact, that when I told my mom Tim and I were doing this fun team 24-hour mountain bike race in the gorge the weekend before, she asked me if I thought it was a good idea, as did many of my friends. But Tim told me scars were sexy, so why not? I did it. Tim and I were NOT racers by any means. But when it included drinking beer, hanging out with friends, camping and riding bikes, we were in. And I didn't crash.
Fast forward 11 years, our lives have revolved around racing for the past several years. BUT, the one thing that has not changed is that Tim is still my favorite riding partner. We still enjoy hanging out with friends and riding bikes. And we still always pack salty snacks and beer for the trailhead, (albeit healthier versions and unfortunately for me, gluten free beer), but above all, we still LOVE to ride our bikes. We may race and do structured training and yes, I may have quit my job to pursue racing, but it boils down to our love of riding. And our love of the outdoors. And our love of playing together. Skiing, biking, whatever! We both just love getting outside and we really know how lucky we are that we can do this together. Our abilities are similar enough riding and skiing that it just works. On Saturday, when we were mountain biking on one of our favorite trails on Mt. Hood, I just looked at him and said, "Damn, I am so glad I married you, b/c if I hadn't, I may never have experienced the pure joy of riding such kick ass singletrack!" Tim and I have both become better riders, we have pushed each other and we have enjoyed the journey together. It's true what they say, time sure flies when you are having fun! Hard to believe it's been 11 years! THANKS TIM BUTLER FOR 11 YEARS OF FUN!!!
|Broke out the first gift Tim gave me while dating for the anniversary ride: a jersey from Moab.|
It was my only jersey I had for several years & in every picture of us riding for years.
|Obligatory Boulder Lake pic.|
|Ahhhh. My FAVORITE creek crossing. Smiling b/c I have just done the best trail ever!|
|The second half of getting over the creek.|
|Sunday was 40 miles & 4,000 feet of climbing on CX bikes. Tim's choice.|
Here he is admiring the view of Mt. Adams while he waits for me.
|The views are just awesome.|
|Always happy when riding my bike.|
|Riding with Tim makes it even better.|
|Don't see this every day on the remote gravel roads.|
|And other things don't change either. That guy can sleep anywhere, anytime.|
Post ride nap for Tim.