26 August 2011

this is it

Do or die. I'm going up Pikes Peak again this weekend, and I intend to make it to the top this time. Here's a video from last year, and they actually caught me at the start, right at the front. Gray jersey with the RtR 25th anniversary logo. Within about 10 seconds, I am 16th or so, and 15 minutes later, everyone had passed me. I don't think this camera ever saw me again. But this video does show exactly where I'll be and exactly what I'll be trying to do this weekend.

All the way to the top.


  1. I have my fingers crossed for you -but I think all your hard work preparing will be much more helpful. :0) Of Course you are making it to the top this year!!

  2. Because my computer is an evil villain, I can't load video and therefore can't see the start. I am sending all good thoughts in your direction and wishing you the very best in health, strength, endurance, performance and bike-health. If you find that you suddenly have an extra surge of power raging through your quads at an unexpected moment, know that it's me *willing you* to the top.

    This is your ride.

  3. YOU GO GIRL!! Those mountains look absolutely awesome. Can't wait to hear about your ascent!!

  4. I enjoyed seeing all the different riding styles - the heavy grinders, the wiser, faster-spinning granny-gear users, the RECUMBENT(!). Riding one of those must feel like you're falling down the mountain backwards. But most of all it was so fun to see you at the beginning of the video. This year we'll see you at the end.

    Keep those rpms high and gears low!

    "What would you think if I sang out of tune..."

    May you get by, and get high (14,150 feet high) with your strength, determination and the thoughts and prayers of your friends.

  5. Thank you, Debra (cool, cool name!), Ti, Marcie and Sue!

    Sue, that song just got to me more than it ever has before! Perfect song! And I will be getting high with the help of my friends. I can feel the invisible strength! THANK YOU!!!

  6. You rock! I know that you'll give it your all, and I have great confidence that you're going to make it!!!! Go for it!

  7. Just keep on peddling, keep on peddling, peddling, peddling. Just keep on peddling until you reach the top!

  8. I can't believe I missed the opportunity to wish you success. I have been reading your blog for over a year now and know how much time and effort you have put into getting ready for this one race. I know you can do it and you know you can do it. I will be thinking of you today and hope the weather cooperates. Best of luck, can't wait to hear how you did.

  9. Thank you, KB, Susan and Grandma Beth!!

    Grandma Beth, you didn't miss the opportunity, and I so appreciate you thinking of me. I'll do my very best!

  10. No matter what happens, I admire the heck outta you for doing this. You. Rock! And you should totally be proud of yourself for training so hard.


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