Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New job, new blog!

Me, post-Xterra!
Just wanted to let all of you know that I've started a new job as the online editor for Cyclocross Magazine, which, if you've been following this blog you would know, is the perfect job for me.  I'm really excited about it!

To that end, I've also started another blog in Wordpress,, which will be tracking my attempts to podium in the MAC and Verge Cyclocross Series' this fall.  So stop by and say hello!

In other triathlon-news, I just did an X-terra (my first!) last weekend, and ended up 6th overall female, which was pretty good considering my lack of mountain bike finesse.

That's all for now- hope to see you over on my new blog, and hope everyone's racing/training is going wonderfully!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hello (again) and Goodbye (For Now)

For those of you who still come by and check on this blog occasionally, I again offer my humblest apologies.  But, then again, as Adam Myerson told (ok, mocked) me, I seem to spend most of my posts lately apologizing for the lack of posts.  So maybe I'm not sorry!!

OK, I really am sorry.  But I'm more apologetic towards myself- I didn't give myself enough time during the semester, and now other me-centered projects have taken precedence over this blog, which is why I'm posting this now. 

It has been a whirlwind these past couple of months.  A full cyclocross season, almost 3 months of racing every single weekend, capped off by a trip to Cyclocross Nationals in Bend, Oregon to race collegiate nats.  And while they didn't go quite as well as I had hoped, I had an amazing time!  Pat, Charlie, Matt and I had a fantastic trip, we got to spend time hanging out with some of our CX idols, had a wonderful time watching the pro race, seeing friends, and hitting up some of the great restuarants Bend had to offer.  It was amazing. 

The semester ended, and I made some big decisions.  First of all, I realized that teaching is not necesarily for me at this point in my life.  Not to say I'll never want to be a teacher, but I want to do what I went to school for in the first place- be a journalist.  I'm also looking at working in publishing, given my crazy love for reading.  So, I'm taking only 1 teaching class, and the rest of the time, I'm working and pitching articles and looking for real jobs in NYC. 

That's the other decision, by the way.  When my lease ends here, I'm moving to NYC and working there.

That was always the plan, but somewhere along the line, I let myself be persuaded that a "normal" life in the suburbs being a teacher and being like my parents was the "good" life.  I'm slowly re-realizing that that's certainly not the case for me.  I'm happiest in a crazy busy environment, and I love working in a field with people who have the same interests as me.  My good life is somewhere else, and as it turns out, after a long talk with my mom and dad, they knew that all along.

So a lot of things are up in the air right now, but it feels like I'm finally figuring out just who it is that I really want to be.

Unfortunately, that means I'm going to have even less time for this blog at the moment.  I'm working on a bunch of projects right now, so this is definitely going to be put on the back burner.  Gone but not forgotten. 

For those of you on Twitter, look me up (!/mollyjhurford), since apparently that's a thing you're supposed to do to be "in" in the world of publishing and journalism.  My, how the world is changing! 

Anyway, thanks for caring, and maybe once the dust settles, I'll be back.  I'm certainly not giving up on cycling, triathlon, training, and most importantly, never giving up on the idea of Death Before DNF!