We found out you recently retired and started living your best version of life. What gave you the motivation to make such a bold move?

We like to call it a restructuring! We decided a few years ago that we had put in a good amount of blood, sweat, and tears into living the dream in downtown Calgary. It was time for a change: we needed to get both of us healthy, less stressed, and enjoying each day. We travelled in our trailer for eight weeks to figure out what we want from the next chapter and ended up moving to Canmore, Alberta, full-time. We have never looked back. As we got comfortable in our new life, we wanted to get involved in the Bow Valley community. A year ago an opportunity arose to buy into Banff Soul Ski and Bike. It’s been a wild ride, and we are learning every day!

You also turned 50 this year, reaching a large milestone. If you could describe your journey up until now in three sentences, what would you say?

The 49 years leading to 50 were fun and challenging, full of both laughter and sorrow, but those life experiences and lifelong friends—whether I’ve known them all my life or feel that I should have—have helped to nurture the strong, confident, slightly competitive woman I am today. I have been very fortunate to be able to share the last 20 years with my best friend, husband, and love of my life, Nick. I feel energized and excited for the next chapter.

You and your husband lead incredibly active lifestyles. What advice would you give to others who want to do the same?

Find your passion. It seems far easier to be active when you are doing something you love. Find someone to be active with. Nick and I have been active together for over 20 years. We have a lot of the same interests in biking (both mountain and road), hiking, skiing (both cross country and downhill), so we always have a buddy to go with, which helps.

It is also important to be able to do activity on your own. I get an awesome feeling of zen when I run or swim on my own.

Find likeminded people to be active with. Whether at the gym or on the trail, others not only push you to do more/better/new activities, but they end up enriching your life. Some of my best friends I’ve met through bike courses, running groups, fitness classes. I have a standing Monday night girls’ night where six to ten of us meet for a cross-country ski in the winter and a mountain bike in the summer, followed by social time.

Lift weights. This is so important as we age. I find I am a stronger person all around when I incorporate weights into my workout schedule.

Just start. A peaceful walk along the river does wonders.

What helps you find the energy to give fitness 100% each day?

My drive comes from my inner competitiveness and the fact that I don’t want to get left behind. I’d love to say that I give 100% every day, but that would be a lie. Some days all I have to give is 50% and I have to be OK with that. I celebrate that I got out there. I just go a bit harder the next day.

Do you and your husband have any trips planned for the summer?

Nick and I leave for our fourth-annual spring road trip to Utah in April. Our first stop is Moab for two weeks of mountain and road biking, then on to Grand Staircase Escalante National Park for road biking and hiking, then on to Hurricane/St. George, Utah, for another seven to ten days of mountain and road biking. We are also heading back to Spain for another road bike trip with friends (another couple of 50th birthdays to celebrate!). It’s a good life.

Describe your daily routine that helps you complement your active lifestyle.

We are up around seven a.m. every day, partly because our 11-year-old standard poodle is up and wants a walk, and partly because I love the quiet of the morning. We have breakfast, usually eggs and roasted sweet potatoes or oatmeal filled with seeds and such and a cup of coffee, of course (although Nick only drinks green tea now). We hit the gym in the morning and then various activities fill our days, depending on the day and season. Nick spends time with the store, coming and going, and I spend time as the COO of our home. I love to meal-plan, cook, and organize for our next adventure. One of us takes Rundle for a walk before dinner and, to close each day, a gentle walk before bed. Did I mention it’s a good life?

What mantra do you and your husband live by?

Well, when downhill skiing, we say, “Take what the mountain gives you” to ensure we put the day in perspective. If I extrapolate that to every day, I suppose we live by “Take what the day gives you, enjoy it, and take nothing for granted.”