Just two weeks ago, as I mentally prepared to go in for another small surgery on my ankle, I got a call from Jari Kirkland asking me if I could go to Ecuador for an adventure race. I told her that I was nowhere near trained for it. Of course, I really wanted to go. I talked it over with the guys from the team and told them that I might be a liability—they didn’t care. Ian told me that sure, it might not be prudent for me to race, but how often do you get a free trip to Ecuador. So, 24 hours later, I decided I was in for the Nonstop Ecuador Es Tu Cancha race.
I’m very excited to get out for another adventure race and to see Ecuador. My training has been upped significantly, adding some night riding and paddling.
Heading out for a night ride in Moab
Summit of Mt. Sopris. Round trip of 3 hours 34 minutes and elevation gain of 4,390 feet
Ian and I at the top of Searle Pass, 12,034 feet, on the Dirty Copper Triangle
Ian traversing between Searle and Kokomo Passes
Kokomo Pass, 12,027 feet
Follow the yellow brick road
I have a few more weeks squeeze in some training, especially at elevation (Quito is at over 9K feet!). I plan on running the Four Pass Loop this weekend and getting out on a few long rides. This race will be a wildcard for me, but I’m excited to have a goal to work towards and it’s motivated me to be as ready as possible.
Getting back in the game. So much fun shredding laps at Snowmass with Juniper, Axel and Ian.
Downhill laps with Juniper & Axel
Riding the gondi
The only picture Juniper let me take of her since she never wanted to stop.
Axel entering the trees where he quickly figured out the trails are perfectly tacky.
Axel is ready for his own full face.
Axel chillin’ with his buddy Levi
While the kids are visiting both sets of grandparents on the East Coast, Ian and I are enjoying a mini biking vacation in Sun Valley.
On the ridge between Fourth of July and Born Lakes. We dropped down right behind us.
Matchy, matchy. Cassie and I showing off our Shredly shorts and Santa Cruz Tall Girls (Boys)
Warm Springs Basin is large and beautiful.
This was just one of 150 – 200 down trees we went under and over. That got old quickly but at least we saw no one else out there and the rest of the ride was great.
One of the many river crossings on Robinson Bar.
Finished the day with some bridge jumping on the Salmon River. I decided to skip it to give my back a break but super happy with how it feels after lifting my bike so many times.
Ian and Marc Peruzzi on Fox Peak on Day 1. Yet another super fun Sun Valley ride.
As I continue to recover quickly, I am reminded how blessed I am. While in the Outer Banks last week, Ian and I got out for some great road rides, swam in the Atlantic and walked on the beach.
Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks, NC
Rushing back to Colorado for a very special wedding in Crested Butte, I stopped at home and grabbed my mountain bike. The Tall Boy LTC had not been touched since I crashed three weeks ago. Unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to hop on the bike while in CB due to rain, however I attempted a run…and succeeded. My Saturday run on the Caves Trail in CB South was slow but I was super excited to be running.
Running in the rain on the Caves Trail, Crested Butte South
After a fun night of celebrating two of my favorite people in the world, Jari Kirkland and Troy Hiatt, I wasn’t sore from running the day before so I jumped on the opportunity to run with friends. Stevie Kremer and Sarah Stubbe took me on a fun run that had me ecstatic that I was really running again.
I still have some pain when I twist the wrong way but for the most part I feel great (other than my quads being ridiculously sore from two runs). With a trip to Sun Valley coming up this weekend, I spent the evening getting my bike rideable again. Thankfully my bike did not sustain any major damage from my crash – just crooked handle bars, torn grips and some scratches. With recovery moving in the right direction, I’m trying not to fall again or do too much but it’s hard to hold back now that I feel so much better.
Everyday I feel a little better and everyday I celebrate a little.
I’m almost two weeks out from breaking my L2 and L3 transverse processes and I feel like a new person. From not being able to move at all early last week, I’ve progressed to spinning on my road bike. I figured this would take at least three weeks and couldn’t be happier that my body feels good on the bike.
Just under two weeks out from breaking my L2 and L3 transverse processes and back spinning on the road bike.
With all the support of our amazing friends, I was able to truly rest last week and stayed on the couch almost one hundred percent of the time. Good thing Le Tour de France is on – what a great way to start my morning when I am forced to rest.
Despite still having miserable pain when I move in the wrong way and some nerve pain continues in my hip, I’m so thankful to be up and moving around. After describing my crash multiple times to people, I’ve realized how lucky I am that I didn’t do more damage.
I’m off to the beach for a week with the family which will help me continue to take it easy. By the time I return, I’ll be three weeks out and maybe, just maybe, ready for a few easy mountain bike rides. I’ll be staying away from the bike parks for a little longer but looking forward to when my body is ready to get back at it.