My Return to Cypress Mountain

Thank you to everyone who supported me by participating in my charity spin class at Cadence Vancouver, riding the Triple Crown for Heart on Saturday, or by donating to my fundraising page.

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 domestiques, I had club rider and nurse, Jennifer Bibby alongside to keep the conversation flowing. Waiting for me at the top was at least a dozen Kits Energy Club members who rode various versions of the Triple Crown. I was overwhelmed with the support and so very grateful.

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.

6 thoughts on “My Return to Cypress Mountain

  1. Martin hosking

    Kristina.
    You have my utmost admiration for what you did on Saturday. That takes a lot of courage and mental strength; a belief in yourself. You have jumped over a major hurdle. The rest will be easier. Not necessarily easy, but you now have a new found freedom for the future.
    Congratulations. All the best
    Martin

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    1. Jennifer Cutbill

      Congratulations Kristina!! Your courage, commitment and humble gratitude are testaments to both your incredible strength of character and your coaching prowess. Thank you for being such a powerful inspiration – in word and deed – inspiration to go beyond what we think is possible and to live our best lives with determination, accountability and grace. #madrespect #gratitude

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    1. Kris

      Amazing work Kristina! Was proud to see you and all the KitsEnergy supporters on Saturday. Truly inspirational.

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  2. Geoff Grant

    Kristina,
    “The tests we face in life’s journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths. We can only know how strong we are when we strive and thrive beyond the challenges we face.”
    ― Kemi Segunle
    The episode during your climb up Cypress in 2015 and the subsequent diagnosis was your ultimate test. Clearly your success on Saturday proves you aced that test! Seeing you ride with such strength and confidence showed what a winner you are to continue to thrive despite such a huge challenge and personal setback! I was ecstatic to see you conquer Cypress on Saturday and I congratulate you for your accomplishment!

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