Recall I said yes to riding the mountain bike race with Maia last week, with no small amount of hesitation (I had known about it for 2 months).

Eh, what could it hurt.

I headed down to Breckenridge on Wednesday for just the night and the morning race, planning to have at best a moderately good time. My companions, aside from Maia, all work at a triathlon shop, Colorado Multisport. But I quit triathlon. So we probably would not get along.

Thank god for being wrong. For one thing the race was super fun and challenging. Our race strategy was we flipped a coin and so I rode the first lap which started at a civilized 9:40 a.m. Triathletes, this is what you’re missing out on.

Enjoying the view(s) during warmup

I also got to do the parade through town.

George Washington led our neutral roll-out

The race itself was exciting. Lots of climbing and descending and rocks and water and, well, riding. Come to find out 40 kms contains a lot of pedaling and interacting with others. I made it 39.6 of those kms without crashing, which was way better than I expected. (A lady who was behind me tried to tell me how to ride switchbacks when we were in the expo area afterwards, which, I was like look I made it that far, I know how to ride, I was just sooo tired and this guy was right on my tail for what, middle-place men’s team?)

Team!

And Maia and I finished 2nd place of the women’s teams! We got america themed polar water bottles, I am excited to try mine out.

Podium

For another thing, the CMS folks are great, and so welcoming that I bagged my plans to return to Boulder after the race in favor of another night in Breckenridge.

In sum: the independence holiday reminded me not to sneer so much at those stupid lululemon shopping bag quotes. Go be an adventure, let go of the brakes, high-five a shrimp, and have another margarita.

High-five a shrimp should be on those lulu bags.

 

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  1. Maija on July 5, 2013 5:36 pm

    Congrats on the second place! I rode a lot of the trails on the course last summer-they are beautiful! Glad you had a good time.

  2. Kelly on July 9, 2013 4:22 pm

    I’m pretty sure “high five a shrimp” is like their motto.

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