Gloria Liu

On “Finding” Yourself

Three years ago, I went on a bit of what my hippie friend Kelly and I call “a spiritual journey”. After five years of working in financial services, two of which I was one of the firm’s youngest vice presidents, I quit my job, left San Francisco and all my friends and family behind, and […]

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Home

Got back yesterday from a 9-day trip that included 4 flights, 5 cities, 3 states, 2 weddings, 2 national parks, and a road trip to boot. No doubt, watching two of my very best friends get married, spending time with my best girlfriends, and catching up with my family in some beautiful settings was an […]

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Ward

Sometimes you don’t so much as conquer that mountain, as you just keep going a little bit further every time that voice inside you tries to tell you to turn around. Sometimes you push on more dumbly than heroically, with nothing but the certainty that when and if you make it you’ll be glad you […]

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Gratitude Ride

I’ve added a ride to my training schedule, slotting it in among the “Easy Rides,” “Tempo Rides”, “Endurance Rides” and the like. I’m calling these “Gratitude Rides” and essentially you just ride around for an extended period of time, feeling thankful as hell. Rather than try to explain what they’re about, maybe I’ll just describe […]

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Moving

I arrived at work this morning to find out that one of my good friends here just quit his job and decided to move to Turkey, for a girl. We’d hung out over the weekend with no mention of this. Literally within the past 48 hours he’d made up his mind, bought his ticket, and […]

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1:30 Easy

I remembered that at the core of the training, the racing, and the morphing into a Lycra clad freak with shiny legs, is something very pure and simple – the love of riding a bike. I pedaled, and coasted and smiled because it was still just as fun as it was when I was 7 […]

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Long Ride @ Heil

I don’t know if they did work on Heil Valley Ranch, if I’m getting to be a better rider, or if this is just the difference of going from a 2002 Kona Bear to a 2013 Yeti carbon ASR5… probably a little of all three. Stellar 4.5 hour ride today. I was cooked to a […]

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