Weekend Warrior and Master of the Micro-Adventure
Gilling East, England
Ann is the ultimate weekend warrior: she works a full time job while maximizing pre- and post- work micro adventures.
What is your favorite type of micro adventure?
Bikepacking! Ride out from work up into the mountains, find a sweet camp spot, cook dinner, watch the sunset, gaze at the stars, sleep, coffee and then ride back into work at sunrise.
What are the best ways to balance work and play? How and why is it important to you?
I am lucky to live and work in the Roaring Fork Valley, CO, which is a very outdoor oriented place with many opportunities for recreation. Post work rides in the summer and dawn patrol skins in the winter are great ways to maintain that work life balance and I make sure to plan them into my schedule as much as I can. On those days that the office requires the majority of my time, I still try to carve out half an hour in for a walk down to the river or through the woods to help maintain my sanity! When I am outside, I make sure I am present in the moment and put aside the rest so I can truly focus on the rejuvenating aspects of nature.
What does Let The Outside In mean to you?
The outdoors is a magical place with beauty in every direction. I work hard to incorporate something of nature’s treasures in my life everyday. It is elemental to my existence and when I am outside I immerse myself in it, observing the small and the large, the micro and the macro, seeing and feeling all of the landscape. I let the outside in and bring it home with me.