July 15, 2007
You moved to Steamboat for the lifestyle. Problem is, you pile up so many hours during the work week that by the time Saturday rolls around it’s easy to pass up the recreation opportunities that brought you here in the first place. Talk about a Catch-22.
But never fear. Steamboat is full of Weekend Warriors – those residents who grind out long weeks at the office and still find the motivation and time to spend their weekends doing the things they truly love. Here’s a look at three of Routt County’s Weekend Warriors.
Local attorney Adam Mayo comfortable in courtroom and kayak
A defense attorney by day, Adam Mayo is guilty of only one thing – kayaking too much.
But that’s not how he sees it.
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“I kayak pretty much every night after work,” Mayo said. “During the week, I’m here in town, and then on the weekends I go somewhere. Even though the season is pretty short here, I’ll probably get on the water 75 days this year.”
Mayo, 28, works for Hammond Law Offices in Steamboat Springs and often can be seen in Routt County Court. Between April and September, Mayo spends all his free time riding waves or riding creeks throughout Colorado.
The Yampa River has freestyle holes to play in, and Mayo will boat down Fish Creek, but living in Steamboat makes getting away that much more fun, so he likes to head to Crested Butte and the Durango area on summer weekends.
“When Fish Creek flows high, it’s a pretty big stream,” Mayo said. “There are creeks down there that are steeper, smaller.”
Mayo picked up kayaking when he was a 20-year-old student at the University of Tennessee. A friend introduced Mayo to the sport.
He has entered several competitions but doesn’t consider himself a competitive kayaker.
“I say I still do it for fun and recreation,” Mayo said.
Ski Corp. job doesn’t mean unlimited fun for Tamra Malczyk
Tamra Malczyk couldn’t find a job, and it turned out to be a lucky break.
Instead of remaining out East after her college graduation, Malczyk followed a friend’s advice and moved to Steamboat Springs five years ago.
“I graduated in the midst of one of the worst job markets ever with an advertising degree,” Malczyk said. “I packed up with no job and no place to live.”
She loaded her clothes and whatever outdoor gear she could fit into her 1997 Saturn.
“I sold a pair of skis on the way to fund my gas,” Malczyk said.
But all was not lost. Malczyk, 27, began working for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and has climbed the corporate ladder to become audit manager.
She works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but working 40 hours a week is more important than working a set schedule.
“I wrote myself my own powder clause, and sometimes it becomes 11 (a.m.) to 7 (p.m.),” Malczyk said.
Malczyk manages all non-hotel-generated revenue flowing through Ski Corp. She doesn’t touch actual money, but she is responsible for making sure those revenues go to the proper accounts and isn’t stolen.
It is an office job with a spectacular view, and Malczyk makes sure she takes advantage of all that Colorado has to offer.
During the spring, she frequently leaves town to backcountry ski. Once the snow is gone – or unreachable – she dusts off her mountain bike. She also enjoys rock climbing on the weekends.
“I grew up on a bike, so that’s what I like to do as much as I can in the summer,” Malczyk said. “If it’s sunny, I feel guilty being inside.”
Although living in remote Northwest Colorado is a far cry from Connecticut, Malczyk is happy someone bought that pair of skis.
“It took a while getting used to mountain lifestyles with lower pay and higher rent,” Malczyk said. “As one of my friends said, ‘We are not money rich, we are lifestyle rich.’ I think I’d get too antsy living in a city.”
Erin Simmons uses weekends to get on dirt bike, wakeboard
Adrenaline finds Erin Simmons.
A Winter Olympian in boardercross, it should come as no surprise that Simmons, 30, was drawn to dirt bikes.
Simmons isn’t a competitive dirt bike racer, but she doesn’t hold anything back, either. She rides a Honda CRF150R, which likely means something to the dirt bike expert but probably nothing to a novice.
“The ‘R’ is for racing,” Simmons said. “It has so much more power.”
Simmons is fortunate enough to have a full-time job in Steamboat Springs that enables her to mix business with pleasure. As the supervisor in the clothing and accessory department at Planet Powersports, Simmons works from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“But I’m really here from 8 until 6:30,” Simmons said. “Play time comes on the weekends.”
Simmons and her husband, Kevin “Cactus” Nemec, own a boat and float around on Stagecoach Reservoir when not dirt biking.
“On Saturday, we go wakeboarding and Sunday we go dirt biking,” Simmons said.
Nemec introduced Simmons to dirt biking when the couple met more than five years ago. Simmons grew up skiing and snowboarding in Canada but was not familiar with dirt biking until moving to Colorado.
It didn’t take her long to fall in love.
“Cactus was amazed that I could start my bike without stalling,” Simmons said. “If you don’t know what you are doing, you tend to release the clutch and stall the bike.”
Simmons’ favorite dirt biking locations include Sandwash Basin, which is past Maybell in Moffat County, and Grand Junction.
“We don’t really like tracks that much, but Grand Junction and Sandwash are hill climbs and natural jumps,” Simmons said.
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