Active Rain Hill Climb...time to draft

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Active Rain Hill Climb

In July of '06 I discovered Active Rain via the invite of Bonnie Cox.  Almost from the moment I signed on, it's been a thrill.  The first weekend in The Rain was a weird rainy one in Colorado, it must have been a sign of some sort.  The rain in my state kept me inside discovering a new Rain of sorts. 

The Rain I discovered was soon to become an addiction.  It was a blast to do something and be rewarded with  points.  Soon I was in a race with the few persons in my state...most of whom have dropped out long ago.  The early days were filled with the excitement of gaining on the person in front of you.  Once passed the focus who move to the next person up the line and so on.  My goal was never to get to the very top, I didn't think it was possible. I just keep posting and blogging and passing each one ahead of me.

Like Spokes in a Wheel

Along the way Active Rain would change the way things were done.  The changes were needed, expected and mostly welcomed.  The network morphed from a cold, point gaining focus into a community of folks who were becoming friends.  Each day we would come from different parts of the country to meet in this common place, like the spokes in a wheel. We were all blogging and trying to find our voice, make an impression, get a gold star and of course a few more points.

About this time I started to think of Active Rain as a bicycle tour.  We were all riding in the same direction, some enjoying the view and others focused on the top of the hill. Anyone who has ever ridden a bicycle uphill knows how hard that is.  Some find it impossible they have to dismount and walk up, others slide back in the saddle and dig in with the glutes, propelling themselves up the incline.  I don't like walking up hills, I prefer to look off to the side while I peddle at a speed that doesn't make my heart sound like it's ready to explode. 

Enjoying the Journey

I pace myself and enjoy the view.  Its surprising what you see when looking sideways, spider webs sparkle in the dew, frogs jump up and greet you, cows even wink as if to encourage you on.  Yes, looking sideways is really the best part, as you climb to the top you remember the experience without the stress and pressure of only watching the crest of the hill.

The friendships on Active Rain have had an impact on my life.  Here I have meet people I've never seen, but show me what they wrote and I can tell you who it is, without seeing their   name.  We all have a style, a recognizable voice a footprint that we leave where ever we go.  Imprints like these are indelible, undeniable and powerful. They should be used with caution, because with the click of a key a  comment can raise someone up or cut them down.  Tools like these need to be used with caution as we are dealing with people, not posts. (Ah but I must not preach, but instead lead by example).

In cycling the most efficient way to ride is in a pace line.  It's also the most dangerous.  Each cyclist rides as close to the one in front of him as possible.  The rule is "no sudden moves, be predictable."  Riding in a pace line a cyclist can cover a lot of distance with less wind resistance. It's the principle of drafting.  Essentially the leader takes the wind, protecting the riders behind him.  When the leader gets tired he scoots out of front place and takes "the easy chair" in the back of the line, while the others "pull" him along.

It sounds odd to anyone who hasn't tried it, but it works. 

Pace Line Etiquette

In the tradition of cycling when a ride planned, it goes on, even if its raining. In the tradition of the pace line, when the leader gets tired someone from behind moves up and takes over, doing his time breaking the wind. I've been leading this Active Rain Pace Line for awhile. It's time to take my break in the back of the line.  I'm tired and worn out.  I need a blogging break. 

As you pass me shout out "on your left!"  I'll be looking over my shoulder for you.  As you take the lead, don't forget to look to the side, remember it's the journey not the destination.

My Parting Gift to You (How To Boost Your Points.)

People who know me, they know I like to write the Dummy Guides or the Official Unofficial Rules on how to do things.  My next post will be outlining the steps to gain some extra points for yourself.  If we are going to have a race here, there needs to be a little more competition. 

Honest competition is good, it provides a channel for our competitive spirits, we can grow and become better.  For me this Active Rain Hill Climb has equaled the mountains I have climbed. The Rockies, Pyrenees, Alps and the Andes were just as thrilling at the Active Rain Hill Climb.

A Big Thank You is in Order

Thank you to all who have supported me in my effort.  It was easy, as you encouraged and propelled me on, for this I will always be grateful.

You'll see me here on the sidelines, cheering you on!  




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Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Kristal, I just found out about you last week and here you go taking a break.  I'm one of those who has been inspired by you.  I will catch up reading your old stuff and look forward to your new posts, infrequent as they may be, while waiting for your triumphant return.
Jan 25, 2007 01:03 AM #46
Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN
KK - I signed on for the first time since last weekend just to comment on your post.  The first thing I saw were the featured articles along the left side of the screen.  most are a rehash of topics we have already written about or discussed on the rain.  I already mis you guys because no one that I come into contact with gets me or the blog thing, but you guys do.  I am almost thinking of starting a b's social network where we can support each other.  I have decisions to make about responding to idiots from other blogs, interviews to do, posts that I am not sure I want to write.  There is no one to turn to except dear abby who is really my friends on active rain.  The smartest people in blogdom, with you being the best and brightest!
Jan 25, 2007 01:19 AM #47
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Kristal, I think at some point we all need a break or just a chance to slow down our pace a bit and focus on other things that are important to us.  You've stayed focused for a long time now, never dumbing down your posts in the process.  Each one was a quality post and I, for one, have learned a great deal from you about blogging.  I always look forward to your posts and while you may not publish as many as you used to, I will still eagerly await them.

Also, without a doubt... the online/offline friendships made here are priceless.

Jan 25, 2007 01:51 AM #48
Marguerite Crespillo
Marguerite Crespillo - Roseville, CA
I guess I have been gone too long Kristal... I am in the dark.  Regardless it will be a true loss to see you go... You have given more than you have taken which speaks true to your character!  See you in the real blog world:)
Jan 25, 2007 01:57 AM #49
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Kristal, I'm thinking that it may be a good idea to include a note at the beginning or end of your post so that members don't continue to think you've stopped blogging here altogether.  Too many seem to be read into it that you've decided not to blog here anymore.

Jan 25, 2007 02:08 AM #50
Linda Davis
RE/MAX Home Team - Gales Ferry, CT
Leanne - you can read!!  I knew I could count on you.  :-)
Jan 25, 2007 02:24 AM #51
Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH

Golly, really hate to see you cut down on the number of posts, but we understand. Be sure to send us emails whenever you do post again since it's impossible to watch for that with the new dashboard format. (Yuck!)

Jan 25, 2007 06:07 AM #52
Derek and Mariana Wagner
Springs Top Agents- Keller Williams Premier Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Springs Top Agents - Colorado Springs REALTORS®


So.... the "trade points for shoes" coupon finally arrived in the mail?   ... Mmm Cheesecake Factory. They dont have one in the Springs...


Jan 25, 2007 10:09 AM #53
Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel

Kristal, Hang Tough.  As as very wise woman said,

"This too shall pass." 

Jan 25, 2007 10:15 AM #54
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Well done, Kristal. You've become a friend, and I always look forward to your blogs. But for everything there is a season, and you've seen your #1 Active Rain season. Stay in touch, on AR and off. Keep posting occasionally, and keep taking photos. I'm virtually sharing a glass of wine with you.
Jan 25, 2007 12:41 PM #55
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
OK - here's sensitive me...reading this a little late....I begin crying (I'm not kidding) and then felt so relieved when you wrote about misreading.  PHEW!!!  It's OK if you don't want to lead, but you're not allowed to leave...not allowed, you hear? (that's the mom in me)
Jan 25, 2007 12:47 PM #56
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

It's been a tough couple of days for us all and most importantlyfor you KK but I sure hope that you continue posting away on here as your input has truly been valuable to me as a new blogger and as a REALTOR. You are a wonderful and knowledgeable contributor and I look forward to reading your posts and learning from them.


Jan 26, 2007 01:01 AM #57
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

KK...Just wanted to touch base with you and let you know how much I have been enjoying all of your posts.   Remember hearing about you from my friend Joeann Fossland. She raved about you and all of your accomplishments including your biking. Your content and your photos on AR are inspiring. You are a role model. Now that you have been the leader on this AR journey, it is time for you to keep on riding while still enjoying the scenery along the way. Biking and Blogging can be done for the sheer enjoyment. We do not need need to race!  

If you used this machine, you could really enjoy the scenery!



Jan 26, 2007 02:41 PM #58
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Kristal,  I've been on this working vacation since Jan. 15 and have had hardly any time to play, let alone keep up with AR.  Tonight I am checking in for the first time in over a week.   

You are truly the one who inspired me in the Rain... so thanks for that.  Your posts will be a resource for a long time to come.  Whether you're lurking in the shadows or not... the sun will be on YOUR face!


Jan 27, 2007 01:06 PM #59
Jessica Hughes
Ambiance Staging - Boulder, CO

Your blogs are awesome, you are loved, respected and admired.  You more than any other have been the 'face' of active rain for me.  I am proud that we both call Colorado our home and am honored to have met you in person. 

Take a break, enjoy the scenery.

Jan 27, 2007 05:24 PM #60
Bonnie Erickson
Tangletown Realty - Saint Paul, MN
We've all heard the story of the geese and why they fly in V formation.  Like KK's bikers, the lead breaks the wind making the trip easier for the followers.  When the lead tires, s/he falls back and takes advantage of someone else's lead.  In addition, if the lead tires too much and has to land, at least two others will fall with that one to make sure that when they return to flight, there still is a V formation to most efficiently conserve their combined efforts.  Leading is hard work.  The combined effort of others will allow you some respite from that tough position.  Keep flying, Kristal!
Jan 28, 2007 06:35 PM #61
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
kk - Was happy to have the chance to talk with you by phone the other morning - although I wish it had been under happier circumstances.  I wanted to publicly encourage you to continue to participate in the community.
Jan 29, 2007 01:39 AM #62
Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Tony ~ Congrats again on your first place.  I hope your hide is thick because there are a lot of turkeys out there!  I will continue to participate, I have no reason not too.  I just don't need to "ride as fast."  Thanks!

Bonnie ~ Thanks, I love your analogy...I've often watched the geese in marvel of their efficiency.  Good comment!

Jessica ~ I am glad you are in Colorado too.  Thanks for your kind words.  You are one of the great stagers here on AR.  I'll still laugh at your "Snowman Poop" for Rich!

Carol ~ I seldom lurk, like you I'm either right in the middle of it or somewhere else enjoying life.  No time for anything else. Thanks for stopping by.

Margaret ~ I am in envy of your lovely red "bike!"  You made my day when you called, I am still hearing your words and will continue to...forever.  Thanks!  I appreciate your support.

Moni ~ thanks for setting a fine example of ethical behavior here on AR.  I appreciate your kind words and certainly hope others will follow in your lead.

Ines ~ you have been precious to me since you've begun here.  What a long way you have come, your personality shows through and through.  Kiss those gorgeous boys for me.  You are so fortunate!

Sharon ~ I've always been able to count on your steady gait right near me.  I enjoy your wisdom and appreciate your friendship.  The wine is very fine.  See you in the Mile High in June.  Thanks and good luck, I've got your back.

MF ~ Yup, this too shall pass. :)

Mariane ~ The Cheesecake Factory is 2 miles from my house.  Meet me there for lunch?  It's only 50 minutes for you...depending on the pass...

Linda & Leanne ~ reading is optional.  I'm glad you two opted in. ;)

Marguerette ~ You have been missing from the ranks.  I'm not leaving, just slowing down.  It's time for others to take the lead.  Hope you hang around, keep your nose clean and don't spread malicious gossip...there's been enough of that  going around.  :) I know you won't.

Teresa ~ what does "lowest common denominator" mean to you?

Maggie ~ you will enjoy the ride here.  Hope you blog a bunch and learn a bunch.  I'll be around.

Elaine ~ I'll be here, you know I like Murph and his Mom, so expect me to drop by. :)

Angus ~ The pace has been fun, I wouldn't trade it for anything, but it's time for me to do something else...I trust you will continue the lead, as always.  Moo to you.

Jennifer ~ so nice of you to compliment me.  You are a winner and a leader.  I watch you as well.  Keep up the pace and I'll stop by now and then.  Don't forget to be home for dinner...super woman! :)

MM ~ as I said before reading is optional.  I think others sometimes read the comments and then jump on board.  It's like my Dad said, never follow another car in the fog.  You can never know if he knows where he's going... see you around.

ARDELL ~ I didn't say goodbye.  The blog is an analogy...I guess you may have figured that out by now.  :)

Jeff ~ thanks for the photos. I love watching the Olympics, nice of you to compare...

 Lauren ~ I'll be around, you'll just have to look harder.

Kay ~ thanks for your kind comments.  I will be here, in fact I saw your biking post, thanks for the comment.  You'll do just fine, you have a wonderful, kind style of your own!  :)

Geri ~ Nice to see you back my friend!  You have been missing way too long.  I'll see you around, if you are in my neighborhood,  just BEEP!  I know you have a horn!  :)

John ~ there comes a time in every ride when coasting is the best part.  You have worked hard you deserve it.  Enjoy!

Jeff ~ the only thing I enjoy about climbing hills is the feeling when it's done.  I love the downhill part....weeeeeeeee!

Christy ~ I love the joy and innocence you put into your blogs.  Keep up the writing I will stop by now and then!

Lisa ~ thanks for the encouragment.  I sorta doubt I want the front of the pack. I do share and now it's time to push for someone else.  How about you?  ;)  Thanks!

Sheron ~ Thanks for the well wishes. I do enjoy our nice clean cool crisp air.  Nothing is better! :)

Rich ~ Old West indeed!  The survival of the fittist or the fastest.  Thanks I'll see you around town.

Patricia ~ yes, glad you noticed I gained points for blogging.  Sorta blogged my brains out!  :)  See you around!

Caron ~ there's no doubt you will find inspiration here.  If you can find it, you will provide it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Ann ~ I can always count on you for a supportive comment and insite.  You are a classy lady with a wonderful style of writing.  You do your state(s) proud!  Thank you.

Kaushik ~ your comment is appreciated.  All original all the time...I leave the copying to others...thanks for stopping by.

Ron ~ you are a fine example of a hard working blogger.  Reading is one thing but actually doing is another.  Sometimes we just have to stop and do!  May you find the best...

Dena ~ you are tough to keep ahead of green girl!  I see your awesome posts and know I am doomed in  Colorado.  Please stay down south!  :)

Diane Bell ~ I'll be watching for your post.  Drop me a line when you do it.  I'll be sure to stop by. Thanks!


Jan 29, 2007 02:42 AM #63
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

Hey Kristal,

Hope you don't mind me arriving here so late, but as you know, I took a hiatus in early January. And my grandchildren have been here, so there was not much blogolism going on.

 I think you will find that a "break" will make you feel much better:) Or even just limiting to a couple of days a week, whatever works. I know that I personally feel like a "new" person.  Even though there is still that "silence", it really doesn't matter! (I would like to say because "we all can read") but apparently that's not quite true either:))

 So I will say, that for the people that "can" read you are the best. You have created a name for yourself through your helpful and inspiring blogs, your photos (that you took yourself!!!!) are amazing and I still see you traveling around as a photo journalist.  You are definitely something that we at Active Rain would like to aspire to. And we do not need a number next to your name to realize this! 


Jan 31, 2007 05:38 AM #64
joanne Douglas
Terrie O'Connor Realtors - Ridgewood, NJ

I'm gonna miss you leading the way.  You were someone who showed kindness to me in my very early days and I will not forget that!  I hope that you will stay in touch and whenever you come back to Jersey, you'll let me know.  I'd love to meet you up close and in person, even though I feel I know you well based on your photos.  

Enjoy the lesiurely ride!  I won't be far behind...

Feb 01, 2007 09:38 AM #65
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