I have been covering the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as a part of the team from My Life at Speed for the past few years. Those years have been fueled by my passion for the hill, as my physical limitations have been a real challenge. I made the journey to fulfill my racing and photography pursuits even though I did it with more and more pain every year. I have a degenerative condition in my joints and my hip joints were completely gone! I suppose it is sort of like worn out ball joints.
When in 2013, the pain was so great that the thought of not coming back to Pikes Peak in 2014, well that was the motivator to finally face the task of getting both hips replaced over the winter….almost back to back, with little time in between each surgery. I was really nervous to have the necessary surgeries not knowing what the down-time would be for my recovery. Lucky for me, recovery was fast and the pain was gone. And now, just 6 months later, it was time to test out my new upgraded parts covering this years Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. I knew I could once again head to Pikes Peak to see good friends, shoot the race and be able to enjoy all of it…pain free.
Excited? You bet!
Here are a few of my favorite photos from Tuesday, June 25th in the section at Halfway, Picnic Grounds shooting the Unlimited and Time Attack vehicles.
Thursday June 26th, we shoot the area around 11 Mile water station. Electric, Open Wheel, and Pikes Peak Open.
From early on I was always bombing around the neighborhood on some kind of home built go kart or minibike. So working on motors and bikes came naturally. As well as things electronic or technical. I was also an avid skier and instructor. If I can make something go fast by either propulsion or gravity, I am in. Yes, I freely admit to being a bit of an adrenaline junkie.