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Long Live Big Rides!

By July 23, 2012March 22nd, 2017No Comments

It was time to get back on the horse. I did a ride to Gold Hill to test everything out, but I went via Switzerland Trail(4×4 road). I guess that’s one of my favorite pavement/dirt road rides at home. I ride there so much that the owner of the Gold Hill store recognizes me and says, “Wow, you exercise on your bike a lot!” :) I love bicycle exercise!!! That route was no problem.

I needed something bigger. I continue to crave being above treeline, and this ride made me have a very fervent need in my bones. There will be more like this, I just need to find the right roads. Suggestions? I rode solo from Boulder to Winter Park in a little under 6 hours this weekend. Here is a video I made with my Epic Cam :


Boulder to Winter Park from Sonya Looney on Vimeo.

The road was a lot more jarring and rockier than I expected. It made me a little nervous, but I had no pain. The good news is my fracture is small. The bad news is that the bone is pretty avascular and hard to heal. Normally, they put a pin in it. If it’s not healed in 6 weeks, I’ll have to get surgery and pin it. I’m hoping for healing. The doc feels pretty positive that it’ll heal on its own!


I loved the adventure aspect, and I felt like me again. I also really enjoyed doing the ride alone! These are the type of things that feed me.

I love standing on top of mountains!
And I never said I was cool “yum, yum, yum…hahaha” ;) but I am easily amused.


I LOVE my new 29er… more on that later! This was its 3rd ride.

We’ve landed on the moon! I wish I could ride tons of high alpine singletrack like this… hopefully the weather will stay stable in September so I can!

It’s ironic that after being at nearly 18,000′ this spring, I’m not impressed!

I WAS impressed with the views.

I had a cookies n cream milkshake when I got to Winter Park. A well-deserved reward. I think I have one or two per year, YUMMY.

Saturday was a day to get it together! I have to move this weekend. Very convenient timing to break my wrist. My poor friends have to carry all my boxes for me. I hate that so much!! I wish I could help. I moved some boxes around Saturday and that did cause pain. So Saturday I packed, saw the new Batman(LOVE IT, I would see it again), and tried to relax.

Sunday was a GREAT day! I wanted to do another big ride to see how my body was faring. I was delighted to see that I am finally coming back. I’ve felt fatigued for so long, and it felt good to feel fast and to actually go fast! I hit a bunch of PRs on climbs I frequently ride around Boulder, and after 6 hours, my legs weren’t even burning. I was really stoked with that. One bummer with the cast is that it’s hard to stand up and pedal because my range of motion is limited.


75 miles, 10,150′ of climbing on the mountain bike. yeahhhh buddy!

I saw the rain in the forecast, but hoped it’d stay away. This time, I lost. I did bring a Hefty freezer bag to wear over my cast in the event of rain. It not only rained, it hailed M&M sized chunks. It was funny, but it also hurt to be pelted like that!



Eventually I had to stop and take a break from the hail… and then I sped down the canyon to get away from it and rode in the sun the rest of the day. The highlight was getting a smoothie in my water bottle before heading up Sunshine Canyon to Gold Hill. Ironically, I got a smoothie called “Caught in the Rain.”

So now, my focus is on getting in a couple more big days, preferably in Leadville on the course, a little time at altitude, and taking care of myself the best I can.

I am SOOOO happy to be home after being out of the country! It was really fun to go try new stage races and see some different parts of the world, but it also really makes me appreciate my time at home.

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