Friday, August 17, 2007

TransRockies Day 6 - Purple Haze

We started just as the sun was rising this morning. The air is filled with haze from all of the fires raging in the area, which made the sun appear as a perfect crimson circle. I already feel a thousand miles away from everything I know, and the unearthly quality of the sunrise felt like a physical representation of that. The smokey air was less than ideal for the deep cough that I've developed over the past few dusty days, but it did offer some welcome protection from the sun.

We had three climbs totaling approximately 2300m of vertical over 116 kilometres. Most of the ascents were ridable - it's funny how an infected blister on your heel can help you find the strength to stay in the saddle and grunt out the rest of a steep hill, rather than getting off to hike.

Rather than offering an opportunity to recover, the descents were very physically demanding, with stretches of large rocks, some switchbacks, some overgrown atv track, some deep ruts and some water bars, to name a few of the challenges. To add insult to injury, I forgot my gloves at the third checkpoint, which made the last descent even more challenging.

It was a tough day. Cindy really pulled me through it. I'm so glad to have a partner and so lucky that mine turned out to be so awesome. This is the first day that I feel like I had to really dig deep. It isn't a pleasant feeling - but that's what I came here for. In a twisted way, I like it. Digging deep has a way of bringing you absolutely into the moment.

3 Comments:

Blogger DalRock said...

digging deep means living, it means you're trying to live, you must try, you have to try, to breath, to walk, to laugh.
it means you have to reach out with everything you have to feel that pain, the glory, and the happiness. And eventually that satisfaction of crossing your own personal finish line at the end of the day. whether you won or not.
I can tell that you made it.
I'm really proud of you!

August 17, 2007 at 9:56:00 PM MDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done ..... the experience, the partnership, the 'test' on personal skills, goals, dreams,- now for the a little R & R...... you need time for that too!

August 18, 2007 at 8:45:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Chris Hooper said...

Digging deap is what it's all about. Pushing yourself to the limit and finding something there makes the months of sacrifice and hard work worthwhile.

It sounds like day 6 tested those limits and you proved yourself. Well done Tori, I'm proud of you.

August 19, 2007 at 2:43:00 PM MDT  

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