Personal Gold

"Please come up tomorrow. I want to take you a movie premiere in Hollywood about a group of lady track cyclists, who won silver in 2012. Red carpet. We need to look gud" - send Friday 11:30. 

"I don't have shoes…I have a ride right now too"

"Please don't kill yourself…so you can come tonight"

"Okay, I found shoes…see you at 6"

KittyMeowMeow (otherwise known as Kit) has become one of my favorite adventure pals. We have embarked on some pretty frenetic feats since introduced in 2011; I'll admit it we make quite the dynamic duo. Normally, when he invites me to something I know it will be a good time. Even if it is just riding bikes…

Okay, so Friday night. I am sitting on my couch, drinking wine - climbing into bed EXTRA earlier in preparation for a long ride on Saturday. At 11:30 I received the above text message, of course I would't see it until Saturday. Sometimes I think our relationship is solely based on last minute ideas - because let's just say Saturday sure was a last minute idea, com'mon you can't tell a girl the word red carpet and expect her to be ready in sub 8-hours. Well, I pulled it off…barely. 

So, what was this red carpet all about? Well, actually…it was about a documentary that is honestly one of the most inspiring films I have EVER seen. I am so thankful that I was able to see a screening of this video, and can only hope that millions of eyes will eventually see it via film festivals, DVD, digital media, etc.

Personal Gold, is a documentary of the trials and triumphs of Sarah Hammer, Jennie Reed &  Dotsie Bausch's  (as well as alternate rider Lauren Tamayo) on their way to the 2012 London Summer Olympics. With Hammer, Reed and Bausch all coming from various types of skinny tired sports, you are able to see the dynamic relationship that is created both on and off the track.  It shares these ladies personal stories that ultimately lead to their silver medal success at the London VeloPark. Funding, coaches, mechanics, doctors? Who needs it…when you have supportive and loving husbands, such as these women, and a handful of people willing to dedicate endless hours to see these ladies progress in the sport. I said it before, and I will say it again…this is honestly one of the most inspiring sports documentaries that I have EVER seen - I have never sat in front of a screen and actually gotten chills from how real the experience was. If  you have the chance to see this movie, I highly suggest it. 

Jennie, Kit and Myself
After the premier, we trotted ourselves down to Stella Barra for the 2014 Babe Awards. Okay, stop what you're thinking….although the place was filled with women dressed to the 9s - the gathering was in honor of Babe Didrikson, a true pioneer to women's involvement in the Olympics. A dozen Olympic athletes joined the festivities, making the night truly memorable. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jennie and Kit, it was great! To hear all the buzzing about cycling, and see how the excitement that everyone had on their faces throughout the night. 

As Kit & I left the awards, and stood outside waiting for our ride to arrive I admitted that I would love to try track riding. Kit, full of excitement said: oh my god, you would be perfect! You are tiny and really aggressive. So, who knows - maybe I will be kicking it at a track sometime soon…there is no doubt in my mind that it would be a great experience! 

Sending Love from SoCal!


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