I’ve always wanted to ride in Moab and I’ve always wanted to try a MTB stage race. Combining the two seemed like a really fantastic idea! So when my coach, Mike Durner suggested at the last minute that I join him and a few of his other athletes in Moab for the TransRockies Moab Rocks Stage Race, I packed up the car and decided to send it. On a hardtail. On trails that are very technical. With no possibility to pre-ride. Because, well... adventures? More likely because if I didn’t give it a shot this time, it would be that much more intimidating if I waited another year to try. Waiting “another year” is a bad habit, and experiences like this one get missed when we wait “till the timing is right.”
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a small Caribbean Island, roughly 1000 miles from the southern-most coastline of Miami, Florida. Puerto Rican weather is pretty amazing; the temperatures are somewhere between 75 and 85 degrees, it rains an average of 3 to 4 inches per month, and the average humidity is somewhere around 77% almost every single day of the year. With the exception of hurricanes and tsunamis (which are not small things), the consistency of their tropical weather was completely surreal to me. As in staring blankly at my husband, shaking my head and informing him that, “... the race director just told me that the weather we are having today is the year-round norm. I’m never leaving.” Meanwhile it was snowing in Boise, again.
From the very first day of joining the Mindright Endurance crew, it has felt like much more than “just a bunch of people” who get training plans from the same company. Mindright’s online forums always make me smile, their warm group welcomes to any and all newcomers are never missed, and everyone cheers each other on in every pursuit you can possibly imagine (triathlon, road races, mountain bike, gran fondos, gravel rides, first 5ks, marathons, swim events and life in general.) They have formed a unique and positive community of hardworking humans who love to have fun and play hard.