for June, 2015
It was 53 degrees when I woke at 4:45 a.m. to get ready for RATPOD, the 2015 installment of a 130-mile course that starts and finishes in Dillon, Montana. It had been a long year waiting for a shot at redemption. In 2014 I had unceremoniously thrown in the towel before I reached the breakfast station and rode back into Dillon. Cold weather, lack of sleep (one month old twins) and being unprepared for the rain and sleet that was hitting me caused me to fold. Later that day I had beaten myself up over it enough and vowed “Next year!”. It was now next year and I was ready. Then I got the text.
It has been said that there are three types of fun. The first includes activities which are fun to plan, fun during, and fun to discuss afterwards. Example: an easy sunset hike with friends, a blissful powder day. The second type is fun to plan, involves some struggle during, and is fun to talk (brag) about after the fact. This might include learning to waterski, riding a tough trail, or finally flashing a challenging climbing route. The third type of fun is, in fact, only fun after it’s over.