I stepped off my yoga mat and onto a road bike for the first time this summer. Everyone knows me as the Yogi-Kate or the SUP instructor, and that is where I am most comfortable–on the mat or on a board. My latest adventure took me outside of my comfort zone and all the way to Santa Fe, New Mexico!
In February, I signed up for the annual Santa Fe Century Ride in Santa Fe, New Mexico to ride in honor of a friend. Up until recently my cycling experience consisted of joy rides with friends, short bikes to work, or the occasional longer ride on the trails. So, when I signed up to do the 50 mile ride I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into.
I quickly realized I needed a bike to train for this event! Luckily Andre from BikeWorks helped me find a bike to prepare for this adventure. Soon, February turned into May and before I knew it, I had arrived in Santa Fe. At an elevation of over 7,000 ft., I made sure to stay hydrated because I had been warned about altitude sickness. To put this into perspective, Fredericksburg is only 60 ft. above sea level. The landscape was incredible and kept me motivated throughout the ride. I was biking along miles of history, down the ancient Turquoise Trail and through the old village of Galisteo. I would like to say that there were rolling hills, but at times it felt like climbing giant mountains. When the hills seemed like they would never end I repeated my mantra, “keep peddling, don’t get off the bike. keep peddling, don’t get off the bike,” and after a while I was not concentrating on the steep inclines or on the pain I was feeling. I was able to take in the full experience of the gorgeous Santa Fe scenery and break through that mental wall. I came across a quote that is quite fitting of my experience, and I believe to be true:
“The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew, and live through it” – Doug Bradbury
I certainly lived through the 50 miles and pushed my body and mind to accomplish something great! No matter what outdoor adventure you decide to take on, know that you are more than capable. Mind over matter.