I know that it has been awhile since I have written a lengthy blog post but in my defense, I have written volumes and volumes in my head, haha! If I had a scribe that could run with me and bike with me I would be in business! My girls are in high school now and use my laptop continuously, so my daughter Abby decided she would gift me with a bluetooth keyboard for my birthday, to use with my IPAD so that I would quit complaining. So here we go;)
As most of you know I work wkend nights in a Cardiac ICU and outside one of our pt rooms there is a quote that states:
“In your pursuit of happiness, dont forget to stop and be happy”. That my friends has pretty much been my mantra since coming home from the Leadville 100 and hopping back into reality.
A reality that I wouldnt trade for anything but still, includes getting back in the school teaching grind, work, different schedules for all three kids, etc… In the middle of all of that I have had to re-learn how to strike a balance with my riding, nutrition and overall fitness. For those of you who have been through training for a big endurance event and experienced the metabolism aftermath, you know what I’m talking about!
I am a pretty emotional person (ok, I know that came as a shock to you) but I credit some of that to what I do for a living and all that I have witnessed, the rest has to be credited to sleep deprivation, haha. I say that to say that it literally took 3 months for me to not cry every day about some aspect of my LT100 race day. One day at about 7pm I thought I was gonna make it, then I went out to check the mail and on the way back up the driveway I looked up and saw my LT100 sticker, the rest is history….
In October my 92 yr old grandmother fell and came to live with us for a couple months. She has been in awe of of my biking evolution and always asks “how far are you going to ride today” Her being with us reiterated that our time for adventuring and grinding up huge climbs and bombing down descents are limited, there are a finite number of rides, rides that bond both friends and family, rides that set your spirit free, rides that leave you smiling until you finally fall asleep from pure elated exhaustion.
I have decided that I don’t want to ever miss another one! In that vein we have been chasing down daylight on our amazing Specialized wheels, planning new adventures with great friends and getting in ever important base miles during the winter off season. I know I can’t complain as much as others but still I live in the south for a reason and I am tired of freezing feet and hands!
Soon enough the fresh spring air will waft in, the birds will chirp in excitement and the wheels will roll once again on the trails, in the forest, down the mountain and on the road! You see I have come to the realization that I LOVE training and am ready for a new adventure and a new training goal! I am so extremely excited to have the opportunity along with Mr. Pepper to complete a 7 day stage ride across the beautiful Alps of Germany, Austria and Italy this coming summer!! I am so thrilled that when I even think about it, I know you cant guess…I cry, blabbering emotional idiot that I am! Oh well, I cant help it.
I hope you will follow with me through this new adventure in 2014, last year was so phenomenal, that it will be hard to top, not that I’m trying , I’ve learned to enjoy each day, laugh and ride as it comes, savoring them, because they are each individually special and a great gift! I hope your year is off to a great start and I especially hope you decide that this is the year that you will take life by the handle bars and ride like the wind! Today is your day!
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