New Podcast Episode: The Hammer Tells Her Tale

06.28.2018 | 10:24 pm

Here at the Leadville Podcast, we have fun preparing for and gaming out and gearing up for this race. But what we LOVE are the stories that come out of this race.

And it’s high time we posted a woman’s race report. More to the point, this is The Hammer’s telling of her first Leadville 100, in her own words (and voice!). 

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It is a case study in strength, flat tires, courage, hypothermia, tenacity, driving rain, and a world-class bonk. 

The Hammer now says this day permanently changed her life and her perception of who she is and what she can do. Seventeen years later, it still makes her emotional. We think it might make you emotional too. Fair warning.

Give this a listen some day when you just don’t feel like going out on a ride. This tale of toughness might give you the inspiration you need to get out there and get it done.

(And here’s the story as she wrote it back in 2011, just in case you want to read along)


  1. Comment by Ed Foster | 07.5.2018 | 12:14 pm

    Yep, I cried right along. Mrs. asked what was wrong. I said, I’m listing to a podcast about bike racing. She looked at me for a long time….

  2. Comment by Ed Foster | 07.5.2018 | 12:15 pm


    Thank you for telling your story. Wow!

  3. Comment by George | 07.7.2018 | 1:27 pm

    The hair on my arms is standing on end. Very moving, very inspirational. The pain in my quads from this morning’s simple ride now seem inconsequential. Thanks always for bringing us all together on the edge of our seats for the adventure!

  4. Comment by dwb | 07.10.2018 | 2:24 pm

    This is a good tale. It is insightful, compelling and heart-rendering, too.

  5. Comment by Eric Burgeson | 07.12.2018 | 8:15 am

    …..100 Miles of Nowhere

  6. Comment by Tominalbany | 07.23.2018 | 11:54 am

    I finally got a chance to listen to Lisa’s story. Wow…
    I think I’d read it before but, holding it together here in the office wasn’t simple having to listen to Lisa recount the harrowing tale of her brother’s injuries.

    Impressive performance, indeed!


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