Ride the Divide is an inspiring movie. It follows the riders of the 2008 Tour Divide. The Tour Divide is a 2,700+ mile mountain bike race. It's hard to call it a race. More accurately it is a individual time trial (ITT). There is a mass start, but each rider is self sufficient and you can basically do the ride/race anytime.
After watching the movie last year I wanted to do the Tour Divide. But of course, having the time to prepare and the time to step out of my working and family life isn't an easy thing to wrangle. I'm not saying it will never happen, but now while the kids are young is not the most appropriate time.
Enter the Colorado Trail Race. Like the Tour Divide, the Colorado Trail Race has no entry fee, no support, no registration, and no prize money. The difference is the CTR follows the 470 mile Colorado Trail and is significantly less impactive to the lifestyle of a father and husband. The timeframe is still 2 to 3 weeks, but that is within striking distance where the 2 to 3 months required for the TD is still a long way off for me.
Leadville is going to command my cycling attention until next year. Maybe if Leadville goes really well the CTR would be feasible in 2013 or '14?
It's all fantasizing unless the opportunities come together, but if you don't consider and plan in the back of your mind the opportunities will come and go too fast to grab ahold.