“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” 
― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” 
― Theodore Roosevelt

I’m kinda poor. Or live on a tight budget. And it’s okay. But it meant I couldn’t afford to drive to Monticello and defend my title as the winner of the Abajo Chase- a combined road ride time trial and cross-country race. It also meant I couldn’t afford to ride in the Tour of the Valley either.

Instead I decided to create my own event- one that didn’t require an entry fee or travel far from home. I decided to ride up Little Park Road, run down No Thoroughfare Canyon and back (a couple miles), ride back down and do a mountain bike ride at the Lunch Loop.

So that’s what I did.

All went well- until I somehow hurt my Achilles (left) on the trail run. It started to hurt on the ride back down to LL and became progressively worse as I rode the mountain bike. Also- I ended up getting kind of tired, something I haven’t been experiencing a lot lately. I really should push myself harder. Except when I hurt myself.

Anyhoo- I managed it. Then I put my foot up on ice and spent the rest of the weekend working on writing out my Hut Trip experiences (see July 25-July 31).

Worth. It.

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