An epic Southern Inyo 2018, now in the books. 200 miles, about 8,000 feet of elevation, all between an altitude of 3,500-5,800 feet. Only about 50-60 cyclists finish this ride every year, and this was no exception – it is not for the faint of heart. We faced all that we expected, and more: 40mph winds, rain, hail and, on other segments of the course, temperatures over 90F. .
For me, this was about holding and riding from a place of peace, joy and love. Despite the sheer scale of the course and the weather happening around us, I returned to that center and held it throughout the ride. And with that, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute, every mile, and every climb. I am deeply grateful.
Second photo in this series: two endurance legends, Seana Hogan on the left, who on this day completed Southern Inyo twice (she was nearing mile 300 in this shot, after starting her second loop through as the main field started our first), and in the middle, John Clare, a California Triple Crown Hall of Fame cyclist. Yours truly on the right.
“A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his conditions, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.”
~James Allen, As A Man Thinketh.
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Photo credit, pic#2 - A. Valiunas