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THE KRAMER CHRONICLES MY FAVORITE PLACE TO BE: ON TOP OF MY BIKE ARE YOU READY FOR THE SUMMER SOLSTICE? 06.19 WWW.KRAMERLAWGROUP.ORG | 801.601.1229
T he summer solstice — referred to as the longest day of the year — takes place on Friday, June 21 this year. While it usually passes by without a blink of an eye for most people, I’m always excited because it means I get to spend more time outside on my bike. Biking has always been one of my favorite hobbies. Not only is it a good way to spend a morning or afternoon, but it’s a way to stay healthy while still having some fun. During the darker winter months, waking up before the sun, putting on several layers of clothing, and going for a ride before heading to the office isn’t anyone’s idea of fun. But since I like to ride as often as possible during the warmer months, I don’t want to lose all my strength and stamina just to build it back up again each year. So, I spend quite a bit of time inside riding my stationary trainer bike during the winter, so when I hit the pavement in the spring, I won't feel totally weak.
I started the race in Logan with my neighbor and a thousand others at 7 a.m. The best part of the ride is the scenery, and in fact, the breathtaking views helped me keep pedaling whenever I started to think about how many miles I had left to reach the finish line. It wasn’t until the last hour of the race at about 6 p.m. that same day that I started to question
“AT OVER 200 MILES OF TERRAIN, LOTOJA CYCLISTS RIDE FROM LOGAN, UTAH TO THE FINISH LINE IN JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, CROSSING OVER THREE MOUNTAIN PASSES AND THREE SEPARATE STATES IN JUST ONE DAY.”
my decision to participate at all. But while I swore I would never do the race again during those last several minutes, once I passed the finish line, I started brainstorming ways I could make to finish quicker next time. Celebratory feelings have that power, don’t they? They make you forget all the pain!
One of the biggest challenges I have ever faced on a bike (and in life) was the LoToJa Ride, one of the nation’s
premier amateur cycling races. At over 200 miles of terrain, LoToJa cyclists ride from Logan, Utah to the finish line in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, crossing over three mountain passes and three separate states in just one day. I heard about the LoToJa from one of my neighbors who had done it before. When I showed interest, we started training together, and it was great to have him there for helpful pointers and constant support. While people are often surprised that the race is 200 miles long, few consider the immense training that goes into preparing for a race like that. I think I was spending something like 20 hours a week riding.
While I’m still not sure I’d take on the LoToJa again, I’ve researched some slightly shorter races at lower altitudes. I am also part of a bike club here in town where I get to ride with friends in the community every Saturday. The camaraderie (and wind protection) is excellent,
and now that the weather is warming up, I’m excited to get started again!
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