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Filling my soul up with the beauty of autumn!

By Jennifer Sage On October 3, 2011 Under Misc, Outdoor Cycling

I have ridden outdoors 7 of the past 8 days, which is a lot for me since I really am busier than I’ve ever been before. Oh, and that one day not on my bike? I taught a really high intensity interval profile in my Spinning® class.

I am so grateful for where I live! And this year the fall foliage is more vivid and vibrant than we’ve had in a couple of years. I know the brilliance of the leaves has something to do with the amount of moisture and the sun and of course cold temps at night, but this time last year the leaves were a pale, almost a gray yellow that fell off really easy. It was a bit of a let-down. But this year, it is more than making up for it!

I know I’ve got work to do, blog posts to write, articles to finish, playlists to compile, emails to answer, people to call, appointments to schedule….but what would you do if you only had a limited amount of time to experience this beauty, because it’s going away soon and the snow will soon take its place….

All I can say is that being amongst these amazing trees and color and sublime beauty fills my soul. So I’m filling it as full as I can! I’d like to share a little of the past week with you.

The following two pictures are from my road ride on Saturday…

This is up to a gated community called Mountainstar looking south across to Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead (left to right, three ski areas, all interconnected).

Here is another view from Mountainstar, this one is overlooking the road I came up on. It’s a 4.5 mile climb with some consistently 7-10% grades, some 11-12% here and there.

My ride the next day, Sunday was on mountain bikes with my friends Lisa and Doug beginning in Beaver Creek and ending in Arrowhead. Here is the view looking north to Mountainstar (the golden spot to the right) where I had been the day before in the previous photos. And yes, this is a ski run, which I’ll be swooshing down in a few months!

This part of the trail is called Village to Village. That’s my friend Lisa riding up the “easier” part right after the 20-min lung busting slog on a dirt road. (Anyone who has taken my Roller Coaster ride heard me talking about this part!)

The view was just breathtaking. And no, it wasn’t because of the altitude, which was maybe 9,500+ feet (2,900m).

We had one obstacle in the way, a dilapidated bridge with a rickety substitute. This is my friend Lisa negotiating the wobbly logs.

Below is me on the descent. We took off on a spur that I’ve never taken and had a phenomenal descent on a leaf-shrouded bumpy path. At the point of this photo it doesn’t look that rough, but all I can say is thank God for full-suspension!

Friday’s ride was a road ride not far from my house, up towards the Sylvan Lake State Park. It’s 12 miles gradual uphill. Below is the end of Brush Creek Road where it splits into two dirt roads.

I decided to heed the warning on the sign below. But also notice the colors on the hillside behind it. The topography here is a bit different – lots of scrub oak and other bushes turning every shade of ochre to rust imaginable!

 

Once again, I’m so grateful for Spinning® for helping me keep my cycling fitness on par throughout the winter, and even in other seasons when I can’t get outside as much as I want, so I can continue to ride like this.

Ah life is good!

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Moritz
    October 4, 2011
    7:29 pm #comment-1

    Wow that’s spectacular ! I think I need to visit Colorado 😉 Enjoy, go ride it !
    And keep the rubber side down

  2. Pru
    October 7, 2011
    1:22 pm #comment-2

    That’s it – I’m coming back in the autumn (and winter, and spring!). Still, I cannot complain – it’s beautiful over here to and the hills are much smaller!

  3. Lorie Bickford
    October 10, 2011
    2:37 pm #comment-3

    I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful area as well, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and you have reminded me how important it is to get out and enjoy it while we can. Thanks Jennifer so glad you’ve been able to fill your spirit with the beauty of autumn and thanks for sharing it!

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