The Whiskey 50 weekend never fails to be an enormously significant time of year for me - five years and counting!! Whether it be my fitness, health, or some other big life change in general, every year, I'm in a totally different place then I was the year before.
The Whiskey this year was over the top! Somehow it worked out that a handful of clients I've been coaching all winter joined me for this monumental weekend. And, WHOA... I experienced something during our long weekend together that's unquestionably never happened to me before.
To start: CHEF Z, Jake Schuppe, and myself, hosted The Cyclist's Menu "premier race support house" in Adventure Seekers LLC "Yukon" the trailer.
"Yukon" has 7 private beds, a full kitchen with a 5 burner stove, mechanic and bike storage room, living & dinner room, a hot water shower and more. CHEF Z was our in-house chef, Jake was our full-time mechanic/trailer master, and I was the coach & CHEF Z's sous chef. To learn more about our "Premier Race Support House" experience at the Whiskey this year, CLICK HERE.
Another reason why this year's Whiskey was so over the top for me...
I was there to teach my athletes how to ride the course, and give them 100% support on and off the race course.
I'm blown away by all of my athletes performances... but Carole was an extra special rider out there. She's been in a sling (recovering from invasive shoulder surgery), sitting on a trainer on the coast of Florida ALL winter long. She's never even been mountain biking before but insisted she needed a goal to keep her motivated throughout the winter. She's got her eye on the Leadville 100 this August!!
I really can't believe how much you did during our 4 days together, Carole!! I'm blown away by you girl. Enormous congrats - you earned it.
Amber is another gal that blew me away at the Whiskey 50. She's only done 2 mountain bike races ~ ever, but we've been training her all winter long in prep for the infamous Leadville 100. The girls and I had a blast practicing the course in the snow, hanging in the trailer, and indulging in CHEF Z's creations together.
In the end, not only did Amber have a smile on her face the entire race, but it's so amazing to see hard work pay off. She placed 9th overall. Wow!!
Oh, and to top off our weekend... I even got to jump into the Whiskey 50 race on Sunday morning. I was on a vision quest out there, loved every minute of my time on my Ibis Ripley and feel so lucky I was able to attend this event for my 5th year in a row. A huge congrats to all!!
Next stop: The Epic Rides Grand Junction Off-Road!! Hope to see you there...
See you soon,