I went on a ride today after work and thought about what I was going to write about after a month without racing. What I realized though while I was riding is the importance of maintaining balance in life.
I do some of my best thinking when I exercise. Although I wasn’t able to get to any races in July, I still spend the majority of the weekends traveling with my family and bikes. The first weekend in July we camped at Alta Lakes just outside of Telluride with my family, my dad and my cousin who drove down from the Denver area.
We rode into town, and hopped on the gondola. Awesome way to take care of the majority of the elevation gain on the ride – and its free! Once we were at the top, we hopped onto the Prospect trail and made our way back to town to enjoy a post-ride beer at Smuggler’s Brewpub. Its always special to create memories on bikes with my dad. We love going to Telluride. There is something for everyone. My kids love going to the library while I ride, and my wife loves the food. Camping at Alta Lakes is always a highlight as well; just don’t forget the bug spray during the summer months.
The next weekend, we went to Buena Vista, CO for my wife’s family reunion. I hopped on MTB Project early in the week to find a good ride to do from our cabin. Turns out section 14 Colorado Trail started 2 miles down the road from where we were staying. I woke up Saturday morning, took some family pictures and hopped on my bike to ride the section I had scouted. I quickly climbed South off of Chalk Creek road. I climbed over 2000 feet in the first 7 miles before sucking my chain into my wheel and breaking a spoke and ripping a hole in my tube on the broken spoke. I was just about to get to enjoy the downhill! I sat on the side of the trail while I ate my peanut butter and jelly before walking my bike back to the nearest road and hitchhiking back home.
I went on a dozen or so awesome rides in July without going to any races. For me, biking is much more than racing. It’s my go-to outlet for creating my happiness and well-being. I get to ride with my friends and family. I get to ride in some of the most beautiful places in the world. I get to ride, which is something not everyone is fortunate enough to do. And for me, that’s much more important than racing.