Day 3 of the Breck Epic was going well. Both Randy and I were feeling good and riding strong. When we started the hike-a-bike up French Pass we found ourselves ‘at home’ at 12,000 ft in the backcountry. While some of the riders from the flat lands were either struggling or in awe of the scenery we were moving at a good pace. At the base of the climb I got a little motivation. As I looked down I noticed a huge heart shaped rock and then about a dozen smaller ones as I kept moving. Finding the heart shaped rocks has been happening since
As I said in my last blog post neither Randy and I are in tip-top shape to be racing anything right now let alone a 6 day stage race. But we’ve been confident from the day we accepted Mike’s invitation to join in this years Breck Epic that we could finish. Then with 4 miles to go on Day 1 (yesterday) I seriously thought there is no way we could do this for 5 more days. Rewind a bit. Day 1 started off great as we were about mid-pack and riding well. We held mid-pack and I think even 3rd place in the co-ed duo
Breck Epic starts in less than 2 days. 6 days, 240 miles, 37,000 feet of climbing. Most of it over 10,000 feet. One should be prepared to even think about attempting this. I have known since late April that Randy and I were racing this together in the duo-coed category. It’s a little more than just a random race for us. We were training for the Breck Epic in 2010 when I found out I was pregnant with Axel. We had to drop out a month before. When the promoter heard about Axel’s death he opened the invitation to come back and race this year.
This week was our last training block for the Breck Epic. We were in Crested Butte riding our bikes all day while K enjoyed hanging out with the Gravity Groms. My blog posts (and other things) suffered a bit. On a good note, I feel a bit better about my ability to ride 240 miles and climb 37,000 feet over 6 days. I did manage one post and it seemed more appropriate over at the Axel Project. Check it out. Here’s some of the scenery from the week:
While most “normal” couples think of a date as a nice evening out, maybe dinner and a movie that’s not how it works for us. With Jen’s parents here in Phoenix with us we were able to do the Faster Gran Fondo in Scottsdale together. Our “date” started at 5AM, getting our bikes and gear sorted and loaded. Our little alarm clock (AKA, Axel) was right on time to have us up and ready to roll by 6AM. Jen’s Mom came by (sleepy of course) and hung with the boys while we headed off for our ride. We were not sure exactly how long it
“There are parents that let their kids climb trees and there are parents that don’t. You bet these parents let their kids climb trees. A broken arm is better than a broken spirit.” That is what the announcer of the U10 USA mountain bike national championship race said as the kids were lining up. I thought this was funny and 100% true. The race was held in Sun Valley, Idaho this past weekend. It just happened that we planned a trip here on the same weekend as bike week and the championships. We knew Kalden would be excited to race so we signed him up. We
We have been keeping busy the past two weekends with camping and road racing. The weekend of May 19th was the Aspen Cycling Festival. The weekend starts off with a hill climb up Independence Pass Road while it’s still closed for the season and ends with a 10 turn criterium around the streets of Aspen. We decided to skip the hill climb and instead do a family ride from Aspen to the Woody Creek Tavern. We started off around 10am and it was cold with snow and rain all around us. This is where our son’s determination came in. He was excited to road bike