Sunday, August 1, 2010

Why ride the CTR?

I've been asked, more than a few times, why I'm racing the Colorado Trail. It's a fair question, but difficult to answer. I'll try to give a longer, and more thoughtful answer sometime, but here are a few quick thoughts.

  • Colorado's mountains are incredibly beautiful. Spending a week in the alpine wilderness, amidst wildflowers, pikas, and granite is good for my soul.
  • Adventures are good. It sounds kind of silly to say it, but I wouldn't be attempting this ride if I knew that I could do it. It's good to try things with uncertain outcomes. If I fail this year, I can always try again next year.
  • I like physical work. Yes, churning up a 13,000-foot mountain pass on a bike does hurt. But it also feels good. Our bodies weren't designed to sit on the couch all day, right?
  • Escaping the confines of civilization, if only for a few days, is good. No rat race. No stop lights, McDonald's, or billboards. Just a bike and a trail.

Yes, there's more to it. But this is a start.


  1. As i have numerously read your blog many times, this is the first time I have come across this post!
    This is awesome in so many ways because even though people ask a fair question to us, its still hard to answer.
    I guess my reasons are pretty similar to yours, especially escaping the confines of society and the enjoyment at the end of a days hard work. Nothing seems more suitable!

  2. Yep, it's hard to explain to people why we do these things. The truth is that it's actually pretty absurd in so many ways, at least to those who never push themselves!