Friday, October 21, 2016

Hello thermals!

Between the look of confusion on my husband's face and the pure excitement on mine as I started digging out my thermals last night in preparation for today's commute, it was entertaining night at our house!  With the cooler weather FINALLY upon us, I couldn't wait to dig out my fall/winter clothes, charge my bike light and knock off the dust on my toe covers.  When the alarm went off this morning, I jumped out of bed, so excited to head out into the darkness!  Nothing is more relaxing or freeing than biking in the pitch dark.  Just you...your bike & light....and 843 bunnies darting in front of you (just to make sure you're on your toes!).  The chilly temps quickly subsided as the sun rose, which was just an amazing sight!  So great, that I stopped twice....once to get a picture and once to just embrace my surroundings and the new day ahead. As someone once said, there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices!  

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sometimes a detour is a blessing

I found myself taking off on my mountain bike headed through Chatfield to Waterton Canyon, but when I got to Waterton Canyon it was closed. Immediately I was disappointed. Then I took a little detour through Chatfields single track and it was amazing! Lots of leaves blowing in my face, beautiful fall colors, and it got me to thinking life is often a detour. Often we are not planning on certain things that happen to us, but even if at the time we don't realize it, it is often a blessing.  I am so grateful for the journey we get to take in this wonderful thing called life. I am also so thankful for the people who are placed in our lives that make this journey more fun! 

Friday, September 16, 2016


2016 Road Season started off slow as usual. Louisville Crit was a dud but did what it always seems to do "get you butt in gear" and we met a Canadian Olympian. By the time Rio RR came along I was hitting my stride and getting prepared for my 1st of 3 "A" races with Superior in my sights. Last year I raced the Lafayette Crit so when Kasey mentioned we could use it as a warmer for Mogul I was all in. With only 12 in the field, cool weather and pre-ride 2 days before, I felt great! As I handed of my jacket to EMT's I actually joked "hope to not see you soon"...well as with any race, discipline and high speed equate risk. At 20mph I didn't have but a millisecond before my Kask helmet bounced off cement and skid me head and shoulder into the curb, Sidis released immediately and I was staring at an overcast sky. Thankfully Jen and Doug had come to cheer me on and we quickly got to Bo. Community. AC4 separation assured that if I worked hard on recovering the rest of my 2016 Road season would be Crits; BRAC road races seemed few and far between this year. I told myself (mind gaming) that I could do well in Crits, so I did, snagging a few podiums.
Kask , hands down is the ONLY reason I was able to rehab as quickly as I did; I just can't say enough about how safe I feel with this gear! The ER Doc was so impressed that I was not concussed badly after looking at my helmet, torn jersey from back neck down and scraped up Sidis. The cradle and dial never disengaged so my head was secured until ER staff took it off.
OK, on to better news: Inighten now has an employee who commutes 3 days a week. I'm going to try a CX race, Gran Fondo Road looks be a series I will do in 2017 and I conquered 103miles in Ashville, AL muggy and humid but beautiful terrain. Tour De Cure on books for end of September and then hit the Fall/Winter training...Oh, Rhonda and I are off on a Viking Ocean Cruise in mid October to celebrate the big 52.

BIG thanks to Kask, Sidi, Champion Systems kits, Treads Bicycle Outfitters, Dietz & Davis PC, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., my supportive Bike Ambassador team, coach Kasey Clark for keeping my goals on track and the gal that makes this all possible,, Megan Hottman!


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Taking the road less traveled

On my commute home from work today, I found myself trying out little roads I had never explored. It was really fun. I purposely rode my gravel bike to work so I could explore some trails. I would encourage those of you who commute to try a different route to mix it up a bit.  We are always in such a hurry to get to work and back home for obligations, but I had such a great time tooling around today exploring new things and seeing new views.  After all life is what we make of it! 

Embracing the Neon

With the days getting shorter, commuting for me has changed a little.  Instead of rolling out of bed, throwing on a kit and hitting the path (after hitting the snooze button a few times), I'm now finding that snoozing is no longer an option, as I need those few extra minutes to add more layers and get my bike lights situated before heading out.

As I started out of my neighborhood this morning, I looked down at my outfit and started laughing. The only thing I could think of was "now that's a '90s flashback"!  I'm not much of a bright colored clothing-type person....except when it comes to cycling and especially when I'm trying to be as visible as possible for the sleepy drivers also on the roads.  The yellow socks, yellow commuter bag, my neon yellow vest (which I forgot I even had until digging around in the closet last night..score!!) and my bright lights, I was sure to be seen by everyone which was the goal!

As you start heading out on those early morning rides before the sun rises, just remember.....
Be visible...embrace the neon!!  :-)