pR Rider Spotlight – Jessica McWhirt

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Name: Jessica McWhirt

Hometown: Littleton

Current Home: Littleton

Discipline: Road – Cat 4/5

When did you join pedal? Just this past year and I’m glad I did.

How long have you been riding and racing? I bought my first road bike 2 1/2 years ago and I competed in my first race at the Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial April 6. That’s a whole different animal.

What is your absolute favorite road or trail to ride? Lookout Mountain or Deer Creek, up High Grade. They’re only my favorite because they’re difficult, but what a view once you get to the top.

What piece of bike equipment/gear can you not live without? I’m not much of a techie, but I do love my Garmin Edge. I’ve learned a lot about my pedaling from that tiny device. More than I thought I would. I bring it with me on all my rides. Later, when it’s uploaded on Strava (if it’s not on Strava, it doesn’t count) I go over all the metrics and compare to previous times. I’m always looking to improve.

Favorite thing to do when you’re NOT riding your bike? I’m working on my novel from a journal I wrote while traveling Europe for a month last year.

jessica3Favorite motivational quote/saying? “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Best race experience or highlight? I signed up for KHMTT on a whim, while driving up to Estes Park. I wanted to push myself.

What are your goals for 2016? I want to set a PR on every organized ride I participate in this year: Santa Fe Century (first year doing this one, but want to keep it under 6 hours), Elephant Rock (aiming for 5 1/2 hours), Ride The Rockies (first year doing this one), Double Triple Bypass (first time doing Double Triple, but want to keep it under 7 1/2 hours) Mt. Evans Hill Climb (first year doing this one, but I want it under 3 hours), and Venus de Miles (aiming for 5 1/2 hours).

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