Ride the Rockies about answering a challenge for Dr. Dennis Kinder

Dr. Dennis Kinder left Frisco early Sunday morning, at about 6 a.m., and pedaled his way into his hometown Steamboat Springs just after noon. That clocks in at a 15.2 miles per hour pace.

Not bad work for a rider participating in his first Ride the Rockies in nearly a decade.

Dr. Dennis Kinder left Frisco early Sunday morning, at about 6 a.m., and pedaled his way into his hometown Steamboat Springs just after noon. That clocks in at a 15.2 miles per hour pace.

"I had a good day," said Kinder, a Craig physician at Kinder Family Clinic. "It was good weather and it was really nice."

Of course, strenuous physical activity isn't exactly a new concept for the 44-year-old Kinder.

The practitioner of internal medicine completed the Steamboat Marathon earlier this month and has three triathlons scheduled for this year, including the Steamboat triathlon.

He began doing triathlons four years ago. He entered this year's Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour -- Kinder's second since 1998 -- as a way to train for upcoming triathlons in August and September.

"I enjoy just being in the outdoors and getting the exercise, and always the competition," he said.

Kinder said he removed the competitive streak in him for Ride the Rockies. Participating in the event was about training for the triathlons and answering an internal test.

"For something like Ride the Rockies, it's the challenge," Kinder said. "The nice thing about it is it's not a race. You're just out there enjoying yourself. You're going at your own pace."

His training schedule for Ride the Rockies consisted of cardiovascular workouts, which Kinder tries to do each day. Swimming, biking and running are all part of his normal routine.

He said the longest ride he made in preparing for Ride the Rockies was about 60 miles, or two-thirds of the mileage he put in Sunday and will again Tuesday with the 90-mile Craig to Rifle part of the tour.

Kinder, like other local riders, said the Tuesday portion might be the most strenuous of them all.

"I think that one might be a little tougher," he said.

Which is exactly the way Kinder wants it.

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