Friday, July 3, 2015

Bike MS 150

It's with mingled relief and soreness that I say goodbye to June and the year's big cycling month! Between the Little Red Riding Hood century, the Huntsman 140, and the Bike MS 150, June was full of big rides for big causes. Riding alongside cancer survivors and MS patients and riding for so many folks who are struggling with tough diseases sure makes a gal grateful that she can hop on two wheels and cover some miles in their honor.

This is the "I'm not sure if my butt can take another 40 miles" grimace.

Day 1 and 100 miles complete! It was especially fun to ride with Matthew on his first century.

The highlight of the weekend was camping with my fam. There's nothing better than coming off of a long ride and seeing these smiling faces and a cool stream!

We had a smaller crew for Sunday but still enjoyed a fabulous day of riding

I was proud and grateful to finish the whole MS 150 - it was a big weekend for a big cause!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Ben!

Happy Happy Birthday to my very favorite Birkenstock-wearing, unicycle-rocking twelve-year-old! It doesn't seem possible that this kid is twelve! But judging by all of the adventures and laughs that his first dozen years have brought, I'm definitely optimistic about the next 12!

Ben spent his birthday playing video games, eating at Dairy Queen, and shopping for fireworks. Yep, sounds like the perfect twelve-year-old day.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Huntsman 140

Last weekend brought the biggest ride of our cycling year - the Huntsman 140!

There are so many reasons to love the Huntsman 140:

  • It all benefits the Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Qualtrics is the title sponsor
  • What's not to love about 140 miles and 5,000 feet of climbing in the scenic wilds of Utah?!?
Mostly it was a week of early mornings and good fun, starting with a spot on the morning news (you have to watch it on a computer to see the spot, phones won't play the video).

Coming off of that much excitement was a challenge, but before we knew it it was Saturday at 5 am and time to drive 2 hours to Delta, Utah (the middle of nowhere) to start pedaling!

This year Steve and I both rode the Huntsman. We were privileged to ride in memory of Steve's mom, Sharon, and our high school friend, Pat, both of whom we lost far too early. We also rode in honor of our friends Tom and Dale who are both fighting cancer right now. We love them all and held each in our hearts during the ride.

And we're off!
And we're stopped!
Our joint Huntsman ride stopped at mile 35 when Steve had a bit of a mishap involving his body and the road. Fortunately, there was an ambulance close by and a good friend ready to pick Steve up and take him to instacare. 5 stitches and yards of gauze later, Steve was battered but ok. It was definitely not how Steve planned to spend the day, but we're grateful that he could walk away from what could have been a pretty bad accident.

I was sad to lose my favorite cycling buddy, but fortunately I had lots of C4C friends to keep riding with
And many hours later, we finished the full 140 miles!

It was a tough day, and we remain proud and grateful to be able to suffer for those who are suffering, raise some money for cancer research, and encourage those who are on really tough journeys. Another Huntsman 140 down!

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