At some point in 2013 I got on my bike and didn’t stop riding, not literally, but that’s the point where I took it from a hobby to a serious passion. There were many factors that allowed me to ride as much as possible. I ended up buying my Roubaix in December and got to ride though the winter. It could have been the new bike or the mild winter, but my mind was on cycling and that’s where it stayed.
In some ways I knew that 2014 would be the year of cycling. I had told myself back in the summer of 2013 that the summer of 2014 would be the summer of centuries. At that point I’d not completed one yet. I did my first in September, and that was a significant moment. If I look back to New Years Eve, Jessica and I went snow boarding. We discussed what would be ahead for the year. At that point she didn’t even have a road bike. We did talk about getting her one though. Whatever it was though I was motivated and had signed up for the Triple Bypass the next day.
At the time I think I had chose the Triple because I didn’t think I would be able to do Ride the Rockies. I also didn’t think I really understood how much riding it was. At that point the only ride I had even done in the Rockies was the ride from Idaho Springs to the base of Loveland Pass, an that was a hard ride for me.
The Triple is just a few days away now. I feel completely ready, but I know it’s not going to be easy. Preparing for the Triple Bypass has come easy, especially after Ride the Rockies. Now my goal is to finish in under 9 hours. It’s exciting to think where I was a year ago, and where I am today. That’s the great thing about cycling, you pedal and pedal and eventually you get somewhere.