Friday, October 23, 2009

Won't Quit, Will Commit!

The documentary "Race across the Sky" an intense 100 mile mountain bike race in Leadville, Colorado situated at an evulation of 10,152 ft. with Lance Armstrong and 6 time winner Dave Wiens was amazing. Watching this movie has inspired me to want to look into mountain bike riding more (maybe a race too?)

Before the movie, I stopped at Cafe Deluxe at Tyson's corner to eat my favorite tilapia sandwich. Heading towards the end of the bar, I sat next to a big group of people. I overheard them talk about biking and it turned out that they were also going to go watch the documentary. We started talking about the contents of the movie and one of them happened to be Roxanne Hall from Leadville Colorado, who was in the movie.

It was quite emotional to hear Roxanne tell me that she was almost killed by a car driver who hit her while training for the event. It was inspiring to see Roxanne in the movie showing her laying in the hospital with a broken back and internal injuries and how she recovered to be able to partake in the event. I didn't have my camera with me, so I asked her mother who was in the group to make a picture of the two of us and email it to me.

If you are into biking like me, it was a great, funny, emotional, inspiring movie.Incredibaly, Lance Armstrong won the race despite the flat tire he got with only 7 miles to the finish line. He rode with the flat tire and mentioned in the panel discussion that he can't fix a tire.

This movie wasn't so much about Lance Armstrong but more about 1400 regular people like you and me, who won the lottery to partake in this challenging race and trained to accomplish the unthinkable. It was about believing in yourself.

The movie left me with the following, inspirational words from the race president Ken Chlouber, who gave a motivational speech to the participants before the race: "Won't Quit, Will Commit!"

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