That’s the beauty of endurance sports. They make you feel alive… Seeing breathtaking views make ME happy to be alive and glad that I do what I do… and I love the sense of accomplishment after each ride. Knowing that I am healthy, and able to conquer the mountain – that gives me confidence that trickles into other aspects of my life.
Eddie Vedder rules…but I don’t know about his hairdo. 🙂
Most of the road wasn’t snow covered, but it looks so much cooler and more dramatic than a picture of a dirt road, or of pavement!
I got out pretty early on the bike today, so descending was a little tricky. There were spots that were sheets of ice (but the ice wasn’t super slippery). It was enough to keep my attention, and for me to slow way down. At least going downhill slower means it won’t be as cold!
I brought my pack today to add extra weight, and so I could bring as many clothes as I wanted. Keep an eye out for a post on must have winter clothing items vs. nice accessory items. When I moved to CO, all I had was a wind vest, arm warmers, semi-warm gloves, and leg warmers…I got by. Just in the last year, I have started outfitting myself with nicer winter gear. It makes a world of difference and is worth the $.
I wish the snowcapped mountains were more visible in this picture. The Continental Divide looks amazing!
No riding tomorrow, but I will get to do my old running route (back when I was a runner racer in ABQ) tomorrow!!! That’s right, I get to go home tomorrow and see my friends and family in NM, and ride with my buddy(she helped get me into cycling and was a big influence), Nina!
Hi Sonya, loved your 1st paragraph.
Riding “The Distance” really make us feel alive!!!
My favorite endurance ride video is CAKE’s -“The distance”
Keep riding, and blogiiinng!!!
If you’re really serious about winter riding in all conditions, do yourself a favor and ditch the booties for some straight up winter riding boots. Made a HUGE difference for me and was worth every penny.
Yeah, so true. I have been thinking about it for a couple years… just so hard to justify the $$ for something I wouldn’t wear all the time, just on the super epic days!
So, what’s wrong with the hair?
Alive is one of my favorite climbing songs, nice choice.
Hey Sonya….great post, I grew up in Boulder and your writing and pictures are a great way for me to feel a bit of home, I miss it so much! I would kill to be riding in the snow right now….keep the stories, pics, and videos coming!
Thanks Aaron, and thanks for sharing!
I think you should talk jeff into a haircut like EV?
So well said. “that gives me confidence that trickles into other aspects of my life.”
my God, i figured you had been going to chip in with some decisive insight at the end there, not leave it with we leave it to you to decide.