Getting Closer

I have just over two months until the 2nd Friday in June when we depart Banff, kicking off the 2015 Tour Divide.  I can’t believe how quickly time has passed over the last few months, and how much support has grown from all of you.  I feel so very grateful for everyone who has donated, asked questions, given me an attaboy,  or told me that you’ll be sending me positive thoughts along the Divide.  Thank you!

As for now, training is in full swing and my amazing coach, Billy Rice (Invictus Cycling and Performance), has me on a solid plan to prepare for the Divide.  He’s estimates that it will take me 25 days to complete the race, a time that I am totally happy with!  With each passing day, I find myself daydreaming of being on the bike, and when I’m on my long rides I’m finding myself at peace with everything around me.  “No negative thoughts, ever!”  That’s the biggest piece of advice that Billy has passed onto me, and I intend to follow it to the “T”.  I think the coolest part of Billy andInvictus Cycling is the camaraderie of the team.  Charles, Brian, Larry, Lina, and Billy are just top-notch people.  I’ve had conversations with all of them and they are great to bounce gear ideas off of, or simply to laugh with.  It’s inspiring to see everyone grow throughout the training season, and watch their estimated dates of completion shorten.

I wanted to share my appreciation for a great bike manufacturer called Chumba USA.  Aaron and Vince approached me with an opportunity to to ride the Ursa Backcountry 29+ bike for the Tour Divide.  They are fantastic people with an innovative approach to interacting with the mountain biking community.  I can’t say enough great things about their company, bikes, and people.   I highly recommend you check out their page ( to see what they are all about.  I would like to work with them on future goals, but I’ve decided to stick with my current plan for the 2015 Tour Divide.  The ONLY reason I’m doing so is because I just don’t want to change too many things this close to race day.

We’ve raised a few hundred dollars for the Gift of Hearing Foundation.  If you haven’t already done so, please consider donating by clicking on the “Donate” link at the top of the page.  Every little bit helps, and you have the chance to make a huge difference in the life of those who choose the cochlear implant route.

That’s all for now, stay turned for more posts!


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