Hey Everyone!! It has been a while since I’ve typed something up so I figured it was time to catch up!
First off thank you so much to the amazing companies that have chosen to sponsor me in 2018,
Table Rocks LLC
And I will be representing Bicycle makeover this season! they do custom wraps on any and all bikes to fully customize your ride!
It has been a long winter and I spend a large part of it not running. I ended up having to spend some time in Physical Therapy at the Sanford POWER center. It was much needed for me and after a few weeks of exercises I was able to do a few runs on the Alter-g Anti-gravity treadmill. It was an awesome experience to run at 70-80% body weight and it helped me get back to training much faster than I anticipated. Through the injury I picked up my cycling and swimming hours trying to better myself overall and become a well-rounded triathlete instead of a runner who struggles through the first two.
OH AND I GOT A NEW BIKE!!!
After healing up I decided to make a spring training trip to Tucson and it was be best decision I’ve ever made. The weather was incredible and Alexa was so great in showing me around and hanging out with me all week. The first day we took it “easy” and did a 50 mile ride to the base of Mt. Lemmon and riding up just a few miles of the mountain. It was so fun to get some riding done outside as well as ride with some company instead of on the trainer. Luckily it was overcast so I didn’t get too burned day one. Next day in Tucson was a little warmer and sunnier so we went to the outdoor pool….in winter… and we swam outside. It was a weird concept but super fun to be able to swim outside. I received a lot of coaching on my swim which was much appreciated because it’s still horrendous. After the swim was a quick shake out jog in the sun! also something I haven’t felt in months. I called it quits for the day because the following day was a big one, I was going to summit Mt. Lemmon (or at least try).
I got to the base which was a good 16 mile warm up and began my climb. For those who don’t know Mt. Lemmon’s base is at 2000 feet and summit is around 9000 ft. It is around a 27 mile ride from base to summit. The first 5 miles were brutal. The wind happened to be just right so that I was riding into it almost the whole first 5 miles. I thought to myself “hey 5 is good, lets call it a day there and just go home” but I kept going because I knew I had nothing else to do all day so why not keep dying?! I rode to mile 9 and decided to take my first stop (and try not to convince myself to turn around again). I was 50 minutes in so I ate a little and drank some water. I continued for another 4 and made a quick pit stop. then back in the saddle until mile 15. I stopped to take in the view and a picky bar thanks to Corey. After a couple minutes I was back on the road again. Alexa told me there was water at 18 so that was my next planned stop, so I cranked away to 18 only to find no water… then 18.5..then 19… at 19 I stopped to suck down the last drop of my water and hope to see more soon, luckily at 19.5 there was a well which I proceeded to lay under for a minute. I felt great after getting some more water and was determined to reach the summit. That all changed at mile 21 where I hit the first really big wall. There was a quick downhill so I coasted and saved all the energy I could, smart right? No.
My legs cramped up and getting up the next section was extremely rough. It was only a couple miles more and I found another quick downhill, I learned my lesson so I shifted up and kept pedaling to my last turn on to the ski valley road. This was miserable. I was absolutely beat and the road was just a little steeper than my gearing or I was ready for. I stopped half way up and downed the last of my nutrition. I limped my way up to the top, cadence was practically 0 but finally the trees opened up and I reached what I hoped was the summit. Around 2 hours and 42 minutes of solid hard riding later I had a spectacular view. I saw a road that continued up but called it good and looked for a restaurant to eat at because I was STARVING. The view up there was incredible so before eating I took some pictures, got a pop because that’s a tradition I guess haha, and talked with a few people from all over who couldn’t see why I had biked all the way up. I ride down to the saw mill and had lunch outside where everyone else was bundled up. It was 50 degrees or so and being form ND I was unzipping my jersey and loving life at 50. Enjoyed a little warm food before heading back for the fun part. Going down. It was a little climb out of the restaurant and this is where I met another triathlete from boulder, we talked briefly before going our separate speeds descending the mountain. Although i'm not used to descending I love going fast so I soaked up all the speed I could. Staying with cars was so easy and feeling the temperature changes every 1000 feet of elevation was incredible! I stopped for a few extra pictures while I went down and still easily made it down in under an hour.
The rest of the week we did fun little things like golfing, hiking, and exploring the area. The final ride was will Alexa's dad and his friend. We did the loop around Tucson which is a 60+ mile dedicated bike path around the city. It was so fun riding with people from the area and learning about the city. After 50 miles we decided to do a quick climb for fun up A mountain before heading in for lunch. The whole 60 miles I couldn’t get over how beautiful Tucson was. Special thanks to Mr. Stallworth and to the whole Stallworth family for taking me on the tour of the city and letting me hang out!
The final day we went out to Sabino canyon and did some walking around and enjoyed the sunlight. It was so nice being able to be outside and I cant wait to be back.
Last Big thing to recap over the past few months is I SIGNED UP FOR MY FIRST IRONMAN!!!!! I will be representing a charity called smile train in AZ. In order to earn my registration I have a fundraising goal of $5000. This money will provide 20 surgeries to children around the world who were born with a cleft palate. Correcting this will allow them to go to school and do everything that all the other kids around them get to do as well as give them a beautiful smile that will last forever. Every dollar helps and everything from a $5 to $5000 donating will make a difference in a child’s life forever. Below is the link to my fundraising page