Skip to main content

Fall Faves: The Nebo Loop

There is so much great riding in Utah Valley and, after 5 years in Flagstaff, I am so happy to be back on these gorgeous mountain roads! Especially in the fall. Summer is my favorite but a warm autumn day in the mountains with yellow and red leaves scattered across the road and falling down all around me - it's magical and makes my heart jump for joy! 

In preparation for Ironman Arizona, I have had the pleasure of doing some really long rides. All of them solo. It's not my first choice to spend 6 hours in the saddle by myself with no one to talk to but, seeing how it's been hard to find the right training partners here (I was SPOILED in Flagstaff), I do enjoy the solitude and it's great preparation for race day. 

The Nebo loop from my house in Provo is SUCH a great long training ride. The first hour or so is along the foothills to the mouth of Payson Canyon and then the climbing starts. And keeps going. And going. And when you think you are at the top and start descending, you realize that you're wrong and keep climbing some more. But if you are like me and you LOVE climbing, beautiful views, and mountains, then you are in paradise

And then - to my big surprise - my former coach and good friend, Heath, pulls up next to me and hands me some water and a Snickers! He is the best. I had invited him to come with me but he couldn't make it and, when he found a few extra minutes, he jumped in the car with his two lovely daughters and came to look for me in the canyon. That put a HUGE smile on my face! Thank you, Heath!

I was having a really good day on the bike and felt so much joy. This right here is a BIG reason I do this crazy sport. Because - other than my family - nothing fills me with happiness and gratitude for this amazing life more than being out here. Sun, warmth, hills, trees, mountains, fresh air in my lungs, wind in my face, healthy body, feeling alive

As I was getting closer to the top and had a better view of Mount Nebo, I remembered all of the other adventures we've had in the past on this mountain. One of them being a two-day winter ascent back in 2004. We had such a great group of friends that winter and climbed to the top of most of the mountains in our part of the Wasatch Range. Such good memories! Some day I'll get back into mountaineering and do crazy stuff that doesn't involve a swimsuit, running shoes, or a bike. Like summitting Mt. Rainier again. But - for now - triathlon is still calling my name! 

Throwing it back to the winter of 2004 on Mount Nebo with Mandy  

After descending down the other side of Nebo, there is finally a place to re-fuel before biking all the way back down in the valley. Here is where I really started pushing it and - unlike some days where you push but nothing really happens - I was cruising along, hitting some good numbers, and totally in my element. 

At the end of the day, this was some good money in the IM AZ bank. 
Tired legs, nourished soul, calm mind, family time! 


Popular posts from this blog

RTTC - Sonja Wieck - New Coach!

I've known Sonja Wieck for a while. Scratch that. She has known me for a while. I have known (about) her for years. Can't remember how I found her blog but I did and couldn't stop reading. Not (only) because she has been at the very top of our age group for years and I wanted to find out her secrets to being fast and successful but because she has such good insights into all aspects of life and can express my exact feelings better than I can myself at times! We have had some good battles out there on race day and, whenever she is spectating a race that I am competing in, I breathe a sigh of relief: Someone out there is going to know JUST what I will need to hear! So, yes, I love that girl! 

I caught glimpses of her building this coaching business and I knew that it was going to be good. Really good. Sonja doesn't do things half-heartedly. When she is in. She is ALL IN. I was happy with my coach - Liz Waterstraat/Multipart Mastery - in 2016 and was planning on continui…


Can we move here already?  I love this place. 
I raced again. After a 10-month hiatus from racing due to injury, I stepped up to the starting line of the St. George Half Marathon curious to see what my body and mind had to give. Usually running 13.1 miles isn't a big deal for me but after being sidelined for so long and missing the entire 2016 season (except Oceanside which I probably should've missed), I've had a lot of questions swirling around in my head regarding this year: What will it take to be truly healthy? Will I ever be fit again? Can my body handle racing in 2017? Do I still want to race? What if my competitive fire is gone? Am I ready for a possible setback? What if I fail again? I know failing doesn't make me a failure. But what about repeatedly failing? Does that make me a failure? Most of these questions I won't have an answer to until I give it a try. Even then some might go unanswered and that's ok. Probably the one I have asked myself the mos…

Camping Trip - Big Sur - CA

Andrew Molera State Park - our paradise for a week
After it became clear that we would most likely be in Utah all summer, I got a bit antsy and really wanted to go on a family vacation. We went camping in Moab in March and it was great fun. Since I am not training or racing, we might as well go on a road trip to California and camp by the beach for a while! Easier said than done because, of course, we were way too late to get any decent spot anywhere along the coast. Everything bookable was booked. We did a bunch of research and found a little campground in Andrew Molera State Park that fit our (very small) budget and was first-come first-served. Perfect! So we mapped out a plan, loaded up the car, and took off for 10 days! 
Not exactly traveling lightly. That road bike (mine) was solely for commuting purposes. 
Traveling from Provo up to Salt Lake City and then west on I-80, our first stop was Donner Lake up by Lake Tahoe/Truckee. I love Lake Tahoe but I have also come to really like …