Why am I doing this? My story begins with my father. He struggled with anxiety and depression; he self-medicated and became an alcoholic. I grew up ashamed and afraid. I wasn't able to talk with others about this until I was well into my 20s. Now, because of the social and emotional toll that the pandemic has caused particularly for our youth who rely on social interaction for developmental growth, I am really concerned about the long-term effects. This is on top of what has been a growing epidemic of mental health struggles among our youth pre-covid. We've all been profoundly impacted by so many who struggle.
With the Courage Classic going virtual, early this summer, I set three challenges: (1) To still ride the grueling 80 miles Classic’s day 1 Copper Triangle ride, and for day 2, ride even longer than Classic's day 2 distance to complete a total of 125 miles, (2) To climb three 14ers, and (3) To mountain bike from Telluride to Moab over 7 days! Update: Unfortunately, at the end of day 5, I fell and it resulted in a fractured tibial plateau where my PCL attaches, so I'm in a brace and on crtuches for awhile. Nonetheless, I feel good about what I managed to do: lots of training rides, mountain biked to Gateway, and two14ers with one being Holy Cross.
My big picture goal is to raise awareness for mental health and BREAK THE STIGMA!
Hoping you'll support me in this much needed endeavor.