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Mt Evans: For the love of the ride

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Mt Evans Summit - from Sundance Images

Mt Evans Summit – from Sundance Images

The Bob Cook Memorial/Mt Evans Hill Climb has long been a favorite race of mine.  I am aspirationally a climber on a bike, which is to say that I am not able to compete with the people who are really good, but I love doing it anyway.  I first did the race when I was 29 and did a pretty good time.  When I turned 40, I decided that I would beat my time from 11 years before.  It turned out that that was a slightly more difficult goal than I gave it credit for, but after 4 years of trying I finally did it and bettered that time by 2 minutes.

That was 2 years ago.  This year in February I registered for the race with good intentions of getting fit and trying to do well again.  Fast forward to a crazy busy summer without much time for training as well as not being very diligent in keeping the weight down and I started to think about not doing it.  Instead I made the decision to go ride it just for the fun of it, and not worry about my time or anything.  I am so glad I did.  It is such a different experience riding that mountain without trying to go hard.  My time was 36 minutes slower than last time, but at the top I felt relaxed and happy instead of ready to throw up.  I had thought I might be done riding in the Mt Evans race, now I just think that I am done racing in it.

If you are a cyclist and have never ridden Mt Evans, I highly recommend it.  Just don’t worry about trying to go fast, just slow down and enjoy it.

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2 thoughts on “Mt Evans: For the love of the ride

  1. I would say this holds true to many other things as well. For example, too often people try to “cram it all in” on vacation, but the reality is if you do that you end up only remembering the photos you took. If you slow down and truly experience the moment your memories will last a lifetime, and your travel will be much more meaningful.

  2. Who kidnapped my husband?