mentally-preparing I've got this water bottle I keep at work. I picked it up in Leadville, CO prior to racing the big race, which I drink out of almost every day of the week. The afternoon sun hit it just right, sitting there, glowing like a beacon. It suddenly reminded me of the task ahead, and made me ask myself if I was ready for another Leadville. The short answer is yes. Bring it on! Will I be able to break 8 hours? That's the bigger question I'm quite confident I can answer. With daylight savings and the long hours of light after work I'm looking forward to ramping up my weekly riding volume.