12 July 2011
Last weekend, The Lizard accomplished something he wasn't sure he could do. He hasn't been able to train much this year, so he wasn't sure he'd be able to pedal all 246 miles of the inaugural Double Triple Bypass and climb all 20,000+ feet.
I kept asking him what words he has been using to coach me up Pikes Peak next month. He tells me I can't say, "I'm not sure I can do it." He tells me I MUST believe and say, "I CAN do it. I WILL do it."
He finished the Double Triple Bypass. He was the 19th person to cross the finish line Saturday, and even though he was tired Sunday, flatted on Loveland Pass and forced to take cover during a lightning-riddled storm near Mount Evans, he still managed to finish in the top 20%. (He said he was so hungry all day Monday!)
He is pure inspiration.
Now here's yet another source of inspiration. This is the very same guy who told me on Pikes Peak last year when I stopped for a minute to breathe (for about the 70th time), "Don't you dare give up! Don't you dare turn back! You get back on that bike, and you keep going!"
He made it all the way up Pikes Peak, in spite of being paralyzed from the waist down. His injury was the same year as mine. He can't walk. I can.
This year, I will make it all the way up Pikes Peak, too. I WILL.