- Courage Classic, Here I Come.
- Courage Classic 2014, Day #1: Swiss Rolls and Shut Up, Legs!
- Courage Classic 2014, Day #2: Swan Mountain, Candy & Rainbows
- Courage Classic 2014, Day #3: Telling Myself No & Winning
Day #3, Monday
(Here are links to my posts about Day #1 and Day #2 of the Courage Classic 2014.)
View from Breckenridge Aid station.
Aid station — full breakfast and lunch. The Courage Classic knows how to throw a party.
At the Breckenridge Aid Station we had the option to turn around and head back to Copper or go up Hoosier Pass. I had decided in the morning I was not going to ride Hoosier Pass as I had originally planned (making the day 31 miles instead of 56 total). I admit I seriously debated it at the last minute. I was feeling great and I’ve never done that pass before, so I was itching to try it.
I stayed strong and I told myself, “no.” This is one area where I have grown as an athlete and a person. I have a hugely important week coming up with the She Speaks conference, and I need to be top notch to get as much out of it as possible. I know my recovery would take longer if I totally exhausted myself.
Flowers along the way in Breckenridge.
The ride from Frisco to Copper is all uphill but absolutely gorgeous, so I decided to fully enjoy the last 10 miles of the Courage Classic 2014. I took the time to be thankful for a great ride, no injuries, a wonderful 3 days, and soak up the beauty around me. I kept my pace steady and even though I heard “on your left” about 50 times from other riders passing me, I didn’t let it get to me. I’m incredibly grateful I’m healthy enough to do this event. I stopped and took these photos.
Views along the way from Frisco to Copper.
Frisco to Copper bike trail.
Zack said, “You won, Mom, you won!”
One of the volunteers saw how excited Zack was and gave him a medal of his own. He was beside himself. He kept saying, “I won! I won!” The Courage Classic has a super-cool finish because kids who have been patients at the hospital hand out medals at the finish line.
Will bike for junk food.
Sara Borgstede says
Thanks, Shelley! I hope that volunteer knows how much it meant to give Zack that medal. It was so cute. He was showing it to everyone at the finish line and telling them that he “won” the Courage Classic.
Shelley Stewart says
Those posts and pictures from your race are so inspiring! I could feel your pain, and I teared up at the finish when you and Zack won. 🙂