Whoa! I had the most amazing day with Strong Like Bull Training Camp at Pico del Veleta in the Sierra Nevada Mountains! What an amazing day! What a wild hill to climb up! What smiles at the end of the ride at the top!
We started down at the bottom on the side of the road near a little town. The bikers all geared up and mentally prepared themselves before tackling this mountain as I got the SAG van ready, organized bags, fixed issues, discussed the route and sent out positive vibrations. Then they were off! A little bit on the road and then everyone turned over a small bridge and started the climb. It was up the old road which means it was steep and twisty and lots of switchbacks. It was so beautiful because each turn brought you to an even more amazing place. I could see the burn in everyone’s eyes as they went by but I could also feel their excitement. It was a quest and people had to dig deep. After some super steep parts, the road became even more steep and passed a quarry. The views from here we’re almost unreal! I loved it. After the quarry, the riders had a short downhill break through the line trees before they hit the new road 395 which they would follow to,the top. Just incredible cliffs and mountains and brisk cool winds on the way up. Sooner than later around one turn the horizon turned white and we were officially getting higher in altitude! What a treat!
A few more turns and the snow was all around us! You could feel the cool cool breeze whisking over the snow and becoming just a little bit cooler before it brushes on your skin but the sun was out and boy was it out! Mountain sun is so warm! I was in a tank top most of the day hopping in and out of the van taking pictures and supporting my crew with water, electrolytes, a little bit of food, and quality techno music! I love this photo of my shadow because I was standing on top of the van waiting to take an epic photo when everything became quiet. I had some time and I just listened. I could hear the snow melting and dripping and cracking! How cool is that?! Then looking closer I could little mini waterfalls all throughout the side of the bank of snow and it was glistening. So cool. It one of the moments were this simple little thing just sets you back and you feel it and you smile. I got excited too and three my hands up in the air and took a pictures of course :). Such an amazing day filled with many moments that make me smile.
Check out this view. Snowy mountains and deep valleys and me smiling! Towards the top I did put a tshirt on over my tank top because that wind would just go right through you. That sun though, what a warm welcome. It was such a beautiful day! Know what made it even better? All the amazing people I was with. Strong Like Bull training Camp sure knows how to attract amazing people! Each and everyone has reached out and talked to me and that makes me smile because they are just so real and loving people. One of my favorite parts was getting together during the lunch breaks in the rides. I know it’s called a camp but it could easily be changed to family. Such a great group of people that I’m blessed to have in my life now! That’s Pura Vida!
The family cared for each other and looked out for each other with out thinking twice. It was like a reflex and to me that means the world. Jim and Bill rocketing up the hill, helping each other along the way. This is true, this is real, this is love. They say be what you want to see in the world. I chose to be pure love and I think the universe caught on and is overflowing me with pure love now. It is my mantra that I have had for some years now. It is never ending and it puts a smile on my face every time I say it and every time I see it. Ending this blog with my mantra. I encourage any and everyone to borrow it and use it for however long you want and also share with your friends too! Ok here it is:
“I am Pure Love radiating out in all Directions! “