Amy Thomas, of Yeti Beti Racing, is tackling the 2014 Breck Epic with full determination. She has the motivation from recovery of a shattered pelvis last year and the inspiration of riding with the memory of a friend who has passed away earlier this year from cancer.
Follow along and cheer for Amy during the 2014 Breck Epic 6 day, high alpine, mountain bike stage race.
After last year’s Breck Epic ended, I got an idea. I was inspired by my teammate Natalie and her husband Sean duking it out all week for the Duo co-ed win. I thought, If I can suffer in a hospital bed for 6 days from a shattered pelvis, I can suffer through a 6 day stage race in the high alpine altitudes of Breckenridge, CO.
Now that the race is only a couple weeks away, I’m thinking I must have still been high on pain meds when I schemed this grand plan.I didn’t show for Day 4, the Queen Stage, in 2010. After 3 hard days and a tactical error on Day 3 when I thought I was going to freeze to death off French Pass, I was mentally exhausted, physically spent, and had had enough. I locked myself in the bedroom so no one could talk me into starting the next day. Something happens when you combine 10,000 feet altitude with at least half that climbing per day. You make stupid (read really stupid) decisions. The stages sound short at 35 miles each day, but anyone who has raced up high knows each day can be good, bad, or ugly. I was in the the UGLY. I now regret my decision of not starting Day 4. For me it took something like a big injury to make me realize how quickly things change. One minute I was fine, the next minute I couldn’t walk.
Perspective is a gift and now I have it, whether I wanted it or not. After last summer’s #SPT, Shattered Pelvis Tour, which was me racing at the end of the season to prove to myself that I wasn’t permanently injured, the real training started. I joined a local Crossfit gym to continue to strengthen my weaker leg. I started adding up the miles in late February after a long mental break from #SPT. The last 11 months have been all for this: a bucket list check and a “finish what you didn’t finish” 4 years ago.Not everything in life is a high point but eventually the lows rebound to even higher. My greatest strength now is knowing that I can do this because I have come back from far greater things. There are people that don’t get that opportunity and for that, I am humbled my what the human body can endure despite its own best efforts to try to knock you down.