How Could You Quit?

by Arlyn on April 20, 2009

It’s hard to remember why I didn’t finish the Julian Death March now. Isn’t that funny? It was so clear Saturday afternoon, but all I’m left with now is, “How could you quit?”

Photo © 2009 Barry Munson. All rights reserved.

Mark makes his way. Photo © 2009 Barry Munson. All rights reserved.

The mind is an interesting machine; it forgets the painful stuff and leaves us wanting more. Forgotten is the way my legs felt after 63 miles and 8,600 feet of climbing. It’s hard to recall the way my stomach revolted against energy bars and how I had to force myself to swallow a GU packet to finish the Three Canyons climb. The memory of how bad my back hurt and how sore my whole body was as I pedaled back through Julian are completely gone.

All that’s left is the certain knowledge that I tried to do 85 and only got 63.

Find the thorn

Find the thorn. Photo © 2009 Barry Munson. All rights reserved.

I’m supposed to be proud of myself. It was only a month ago that I rode my first 40-mile MTB ride, so getting 63 is pretty good. And I’ve just completed a tough block of work for Coach Colin who warned that this race was going to be tough and my power would be hard to find.

I am happy with finishing 63 miles. It was a tough day of climbing and I felt pretty good until the final 10 miles or so. But there is an asterisk next to my name – I didn’t finish the entire course.

I’ve got a lot of work to do between here and Leadville.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Barry April 20, 2009 at 8:06 am

If the mind did not work that way, women would never go through childbirth a second time. I will be interested to see if they include the three canyons loop again next year. It is my understanding that this year was the first time. I was at the aid station where the loop starts and finishes for about 3 hours and got to hear, see and even feel a little of what the riders were going through. Most of the riders thought the three canyons loop was a little much, even the leader at the end of 63. Notice I did not use the word complain. Everyone volunteered to do this. And even though it was grueling to say the least, I did not hear anyone complain. They accepted the challenge, gave 110%, and looked forward to the finish line, whether they completed the 83 or not.

will April 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Hang in there ….

Arlyn April 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm

@Barry: true, true. That was my third trip up Three Canyons and I passed a few riders who were pushing their bikes. I’m glad I previewed it.

@will: thanks! I will.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: