Santa Fe Century 2011 – bicycle 100 miles or more in one day

Heartbreak Hill -- about 41 miles into the 103 mile ride

Brief summary of the Santa Fe Century: My heart said, “YES!” My knee said, “NO!” My head said, “Remember what happened the last time you didn’t listen to your body? Yes, that’s right, you tore your ACL and you were out for a year.”  Knee/head/wisdom won. I quit just shy of making 40 miles. Very disappointed, but I know it was the right decision.

On the bright side, I was able to be present to watch my two riding buddies finish their first century rides–YAY for Connie & Alee!!!

Nearing the finish line...

Turn the corner to find the finish line!

It’s true that I was sad and disappointed that I had to pull out short of my goal.  Clearly this outcome is a perceived failure.  Yet, how much worse would I feel if I had not listened to my body and damaged my knee to the degree that it would require serious medical intervention or even surgery?  Possibly being out of commission and off the bike for an entire year (like when I tore my ACL).  Perhaps, taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, the wisdom I gained weighs heavier in the success column.  Afterall, I will be back on the bike and there will be more century rides to complete THIS year.

I have learned so much more about my body and myself…and about what I need to do to get stronger and prepare for next time.  Why is it that I seem to learn the more from perceived failures than expected successes?


4 Responses to “Santa Fe Century 2011 – bicycle 100 miles or more in one day”

  1. John Davis, AE5RY says:

    Congratulations on the attempt! One-hundred miles on a bike takes a great deal of courage!

    I was with the group of amateur radio operators patrolling the route (AE5RY is my call sign). Due to a GPS miscalculation I entered the route just below heartbreak hill before sunrise on the way to my patrol route on the fifty mile ATB course. I drove DOWN heartbreak hill in my (motor)vehicle just at sunrise, unable to fully see the road; a white knuckle experience!

    Later in the day I did SAG duty and while transporting several riders north out of Stanley I inquired about heartbreak. Groans, moans and not less than a few unprintable comments! You should know that from Stanley north to Galisteo the route is almost all downhill, straight but downhill! Oops, sorry to spoil the surprise!

    I salute you ma’am, the century is a tough ride anywhere, this one was made harder by terrible wind. Maybe we will get a chance to wave at each other next year.

  2. Gaby says:

    Oh gosh….never say ‘failure’….do you know how many people can’t even ride 5 or 10 miles? Maybe there’s something else you’re supposed to do in the future that doesn’t require such stress on the body. You are a success…look at your web-site….you’re making so many people happy. You go girl….!!

  3. Christina says:

    Hi Tracy, I’m so glad you listened to your body. I think it is a victory in listening! 🙂 Makes me wonder what else you are “hearing”. 🙂
    Thank you for posting the beautiful photos too.
    Happy cycling and stitching,

  4. Jo-Ann Riggs says:

    You have gained enough wisdom and experience to make a wise choice.

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