Synopsis of my 2014 Tour Divide run: DNF, broken leg, torn muscle, infected wound, bears who wanted my chicken strips, power sapping wet/muddy roads. grin and bear it mentality and more rain than Seattle in December.
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Then what the hell am I doing signing up for this race again? The conditions and my luck in 2015 were about as prime as any rider can dream of. The conditions and my luck in 2014 were like a bad comical tragedy. I've used a certain word more than once to describe my 2014 ride. Horrid. The weather was horrid, I felt horrid, the food I put in my body was horrid. Quitting was indeed horrid.
Of course despite everything in 2014 I was truly happy. I had a blast! My 2015 run, there is video evidence in the last 100 miles of the Tour Divide on Facebook somewhere of me being "super happy!" I had worked so hard to get back out for another shot at the race in 2015 that I could have been dead last place and my reaction would have been exactly the same. Super Happy! A theme from my 2015 run was being happy on the bike and smiling. That is true. I was happy. Yes, it hurt a whole heck of a lot and I shed some tears too but man oh man was I happy. As I mentioned in one of the online interviews post-race it was like being a kid with a really cool bike, a credit card and carte blanche in the candy aisle. It's a whole lot of fun!
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I keep coming back to one simple reason. Simplicity itself. After dropping out in 2014 and before starting in 2015 I wrote my account from my 2014 run. I ended that story with a statement. "I yearn for the simple life again." The Divide is so complex, so vast, so encompassing that it requires simplicity to understand it and to finish it. The less we take, the faster we go. The times I was having the most fun were the times I was going the fastest. Riding your bike is easy. Everything else is hard.
Perhaps I'll just be taking the easy, simple path this June. I'll just go ride my bike. I'll be a kid on a really cool bike with a credit card, stars overhead and miles and miles of the unknown before me. A great story ready to unfold. It doesn't matter the placing. I know, many people wonder why race if you aren't concerned with first place. It's simple and if the simplicity of it escapes you then I urge you to take on some grand, crazy personal challenge. I believe that most of us that dream of the Divide are simply that. Dreamers. However, as I can fully attest, dreams can come true. It's simple, you just keep chasing them. If you don't catch them you can have a whole lot of fun trying.