Last year the Venus de Miles annual fundraiser for Greenhouse Scholars did not take place in Colorado due to the flooding devastation that was experienced in mid-September. Last year was going to be my first year riding (finally not volunteering) for this race. I am back… and so is the race. Please take advantage of registering with a $5 discount with the code BodhiBear.
To kick off the event and get the riders psyched Venus de Miles held Venus Night Out gathering last month with an inspiring talk by Marianne Martin, winner of the 1984 womens Tour de France. TOUR DE FRANCE!!!
The evening was also an effort to highlight the Greenhouse Scholars program that is the beneficiary for funds raised from Venus de Miles. It is the people who make it through the competitive process to be Greenhouse Scholars that are my motivation to ride. Exceptional young people that are mentored beyond education.
Marianne was pretty remarkable as well. She is a photographer in the Boulder-area and so extremely humble that people in attendance that have been her friend for a while did not even know she won the Tour de France in its first year of a women’s race.
Here are a few tidbits that she shared with all of us as we prepare for the 34, 51 or century distances on 23 August.
15 minutes is better than no minutes.
You know those days when you don’t want to get on the bike? Getting on the bike makes the difference.
Smart miles. Go hard. Rest.
Visualization! Visualize strength. Take the pain and make it a positive thing. Breathe into it so you know your body is working and part of the process.
Marianne rides a horse now. She was so effortlessly cool about her experience and truly motivating to put in the rides and make the effort.