Together we raised $2,140.00 which will go towards helping support children born with congenital heart disease. I am so very grateful to have such a fantastic team and friends surrounding me.
Riding up Cypress Mountain again was a huge achievement for me. On March 7th, 2016 my Sports Cardiologist told me I should never ride a bike again – let alone ride up a mountain. As an Endurance Coach and athlete, this news was devastating. But I had to remind myself that I was given 40 successful and fabulous years of riding and competing. Children born with congenital heart disease are told from day one that they can’t play and move their bodies like all children should be able to. Since my diagnosis, my condition hasn’t improved but I am learning how to better manage it.
To help mark this special occasion, my husband Facundo and my best friend Rose, who was also my training partner for 6 years, rode on either side of me. In addition to my two
In 2014 my race time up Cypress was 40:51. In 2015 I finished in 44:05 which included some time unconscious in a ditch and was the last time I rode up Cypress. On July 20th, 2019, I was ecstatic to finish just under an hour. In life and especially sports, most of us are always trying to better ourselves, beat our times, and achieve personal bests. Today I have learned to be thankful for every day that I can show up and participate.
I will never again take it for granted that I have the physical ability to ride a bike anytime I want and with a little bit of effort, even ride up a mountain.