Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oops, I did it Again

Last year I was totally shattered after La Ruta. Although I was glad that I had finished, I said that I wouldn't do La Ruta again because nobody needed to torture themselves like that more than once. I knew that I had lucked out with good weather and saw it as a small miracle that I'd even finished. I'd never done something so hard or been so close to failure after such a concerted effort. While I appreciated the spiritual journey, I hated that La Ruta had almost conquered me. I'm supposed to do the conquering. I think that's one of the main reasons I had to come back and do it again.

Some (myself included) would say that this year's La Ruta was easier than last, others would say it was harder. Weather, terrain, distance, all play a factor. The only way that I can think of to normalize for these factors is to look at how the veterans did, year over year. Ten time finisher Heart Akerson was about two hours slower this year. Erik and Gerry also added a couple of hours to their time. Even repeat winner Frederico Ramirez was slower (albeit by a mere 12 minutes). I shaved almost four hours off my time from last year. More important than that, there was no crying this year and I woke up the day after the race feeling like I could actually do something. 

I like challenging myself and pushing my limits. Perhaps it's two times lucky, particularly given my mechanical rescues on days 1 and 2, but I think I've sufficiently satisfied myself that finishing La Ruta wasn't a fluke. Now it's time to look ahead to something new. Anyone have some good ideas?


Blogger Emma said...

My idea: Give your bike a rest and come do the Edinburgh Marathon with me on May 31st. Easy. It's only ONE DAY's worth of activity!

November 20, 2008 at 7:32:00 AM MST  
Blogger BikingBakke said...

I found this year's event highly satisfying, despite feeling less competitive.

I haven't figured out yet if passing the test is "done" for me, like getting a drivers license and moving on with life, or if it's a ritual that by the process of it just makes me more whole.

I enjoy the process of it as much as the conclusion.

TransAndes might be fun.

November 20, 2008 at 5:27:00 PM MST  
Blogger Dallas said...

wow, you rock!. rocker. rock on. what a tough grind.

November 21, 2008 at 10:06:00 PM MST  
Blogger Steve said...

awesome job, Bee!! You have skills with words as well as with wheels.

November 24, 2008 at 12:47:00 PM MST  
Blogger tori said...

Emma - ok

Erik - Satisfying is a good word to describe how I found the event. Although there were aspects of the experience that were 'fun', I wouldn't say that was what the experience was about. I'm finding that some of my most valued experiences are not those that would fit the traditional definition of 'enjoyable'. Trans Andes could be pretty cool.

Dali and Steve - thanks! Perhaps I'll get to hear your perspectives on the event in the future?

November 25, 2008 at 8:21:00 AM MST  
Blogger Mical Dyck said...

Awesome Job Tori :)
We're so proud of you.

November 26, 2008 at 7:11:00 AM MST  
Blogger erin k h said...

so you're coming to scotland then. brilliant. perfect. PARTY! (in a responsible, marathon training way... of course.)

December 3, 2008 at 4:39:00 AM MST  

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