My husband, James, and I had just moved to sunny San Diego to spend a winter. San Diego has always had my heart, for many reasons. Of course, one of the biggest being that there was no winter, therefore, no off season for the cyclist. For a cyclist from the part of Canada that we were from, this would be a dream come true.
It was Thanksgiving, and we were still newbies in town. James was away for the weekend, thus, I was on my own. I decided to show up for the Turkey Day ride known as the 5 faces of Soledad. Mt. Soledad is a mountain in the heart of San Diego, well known to cyclists. I have heard that there are 12 ways to summit, 5 of which would be covered the morning of Turkey Day. We would be climbing about 1100 metres over a mere 40 km.
There I was, just a girl with a bike, surrounded by cyclists, none of which I knew. I simply hung around quietly until it was time to climb. Off we went. As we started our first ascent, fellow riders chatted away. I was on my own, and I focused on getting into a cycling flow.
It didn’t take long for Dennis to cheerfully say hello and start chatting with me. Next thing I knew, Dennis and his fellow riding buddies were climbing along side me. They were strong, fit, fast racers. They were also considerate, open and always looking out for their fellow cyclist.
From the moment I met Dennis, his energy was infectious. He is literally a ball of wild, crazy positivity. It seeps out of his pores. It infuses everyone around him. He simply makes you believe that you can do whatever it is you are doing.
At the end of the five climbs, Dennis insisted that I join in for a group picture with him and his riding buddies. Continue reading “Crazy, Wild, Infectious Positivity: Dennis Caco”