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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lots of Riding

Sometimes I can hardly believe all of the riding I have done. But, I can't imagine my life without a bicycle. Bicycles just make me happy. Whether I'm riding or working on them I can't get enough. I road through ten of the worst years of my life with my husband's illness, hospitalization for nine weeks, amputations, kidney failure, heart failure. I don't know how I could have done it without a bicycle. Riding is where I do all my thinking, crying, etc. I can handle most anything if I get my daily ride in.

 Over the last 20 years I have ridden approximately 100,000 miles. This includes over 40 organized centuries, at least 30 century rides either alone or with a small group, competed twice in the Utah Summer Games (1997, 1999), 8 gold and 2 silver medals, completed LOTOJA 8 times, road to camp Shalom twice (1996, 1999), Ride the Rockies 5 times, queen stage of the Tour of Utah once, Saints to Sinners relay.

  In June 2011 I did an event sponsored by the state of Utah as part of their Zero Fatalities campaign. Those living in Utah may have seen the billboards and TV ads. Their focus was on car/bike safety, the campaign is called “Road Respect”  It was a lot of fun to plan and participate in and I look forward to the 2012 event. The following link shows the 2011 ride.  Ride Across Utah I have a yellow bike and wear a silver helmet.
 Our group participated in the Tour de Donut and took 2nd place. You basically ride a circuit and each time you get back to the start you eat as many donuts as you can. Each donut you eat deducts 1 minute from your time. The clock is still running while you are eating and you only have a certain amount of time to finish the race. I ate one donut after each lap. Not too much excess there.

Crit at Utah Summer Games 1999

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