Last year about this time, I noticed an order come through from a Connie Carpenter. I wrote to her immediately: “Are you THE Connie Carpenter?” Indeed she was the very Connie Carpenter who won, among a million other things, the 1984 Olympic Road Race, married Davis Phinney and had two kids: one of whom is BMC’s Taylor Phinney.
Turns out that Connie was using the ‘fest videos in the spin class she teaches every week in Boulder, Colorado. Since I was in Colorado last week, I asked Connie if she’d like the new videos: we arranged to meet at a local cyclocross race.
To be honest, I was pretty nervous – and even more so when she walked up behind me, recognizing my Sufferfest shirt, and said ‘Are you the Sufferfest?’ (Having anyone say that to me is just awesome, but having her say it? !!!)
Turning around, I greeted not only her but…oh, man….my boyhood hero Davis Phinney. I had a photo of this guy on my training diary when I was racing as a kid. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. He brought a copy of his book for me, even signing it “IWBMATTKYT, Davis.” I spent about 30 minutes talking to them, chatting with Connie about life in Boulder and with Davis about the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s. It was truly a wonderful time and I just couldn’t believe it was happening. I’m so grateful for all the people that the ‘fest has enabled me to meet – thank you so much Connie and Davis!
PS. I also got to meet Taylor as he was on his way to a Halloween Party, and Lucas Euser from the Spidertech team (who happened to be kind enough to take this photo!).