2012: It’s Personal

I’m sorry.  I’ve wanted to write to you sooner.  I just didn’t know what to say.  I actually promised that I’d write to you as part of a bet… in January… but the words weren’t there.  And,  I wasn’t certain where I was going with this.

I’ve said that I’m for women’s cycling, but yet I quit a women’s team.  I’ve playfully challenged and dared others to support women in cycling and then fell short on my promises when they accepted the dare.

But I’m back.  And some things have changed.

For starters the UCI has now ruled on sock height which is going to put a slight crimp in the “Sock Series.” I mean Really?! What’s next — no more sports bras?  But more on that later.

This year I wanted to do something different, something epic.  But I didn’t know what that was at first. Everything was murky.  I had no plan — just a nebulous mass of thoughts and wishes:  Women’s cycling, endurance mountain biking, ‘Cross Nationals.

And while that big lump was sorting itself out, in the name of “Women’s Cycling” I challenged local Boulder Trek Store rider Les Handy to ride a race in support of Women. And the kicker was I barely even knew him.

I’m not sure how that dare developed.  I think it started on Facebook and with Socks. But it evolved, as dares sometimes do, and Handy isn’t a guy to back away from a challenge. The double-dog dare was for him to race in support of women’s cycling and sport, and do it in a Pink Skinsuit with striped socks.  And if he did that, I would blog about it, mention his sponsors, and donate $25 to a women’s race of his choice.

Where that skinsuit came from is anyone’s guess.  But Handy raced in a full pink skinsuit.   It was breathtaking.  And it was in-your-face funny.  That thing could have been nabbed from a little girl’s ballet bag, or a Komen Race for the Cure walker with a penchant for a uni-tard, either way, he wore it and placed 4th.

Handy, congrats on that race and I’m sorry for the delay in the blog, I had to figure some stuff out, but here it is four months later.  And thank you to all of your sponsors who, knowing or not, also supported women’s cycling on that day.  The $25 will go to support Beti Bike Bash in June.  Thank you for taking a stand for women in a bold way.

Later, I realized that I’d dared someone to stand up for women in sport and now I felt like a hypocrite because I was no longer on a women’s specific team.  Still, this issue is super important to me and it’s really more than just a Title Nine thing.  I just need to take a stand for it in my own way. I’m like that sometimes.  Actually, a lot of the time.

So, here are the 2012 physical goals:

  1. I’m racing the Rocky Mountain Marathon endurance series.
  2. I’m running the Kaiser Permanente Colfax marathon relay with co-workers.
  3. And with the same co-workers I’ve pledged to raise money and ride the MS 150 Colorado (the money raising is scaring the daylights out of me).
  4. I’m racing the Firecracker 50 with JK as a team.
  5. And then there’s cross season – and hopefully Nationals.

I know. It’s a lot.  But that’s the epic journey I’ve devised for 2012.  I’m not sure if the Socks will be allowed to play a supporting role this year but we’ll work that out somehow.  I have coach Graeme Street in my corner who’s perfect for this “every day (female) cyclist.”  After all it’s not about winning and losing, the Journey is King Queen.

Hope you’ll join me the whole way — Long live the “Sock Series.”

Les Handy’s Sponsors

Trek Store of Colorado
MTB Coach
High Point Deck Lighting
Carbo Rocket
Honey Stinger
Haid Web Design
Radical Lights
Avery Brewing