But let's start from the beginning. Sam told me he had an easy 2 hour ride to do in Coeur D'Alene. When my friends who are in stellar shape tell me they have an "easy day", what that translates to for me is "maybe I can hang on for dear life to keep up". And I'm always game for that.
I awoke Thursday morning to rain pouring outside. It was such a cozy feeling to be in my big, warm bed while hearing the rain falling outside. Then it occurred to me that I was meeting Sam in Coeur D'Alene to ride. Crap. I texted Sam and said "it's raining". His response included calling me a pussy and that I should "nut up". Being so confused by the references to body parts, some of which I don't actually possess, I figured I'd better just "nut up". When I arrived in Coeur D'Alene, this is what it looked like:
I am grateful for the journey, the reminder that health and fitness are gifts to be coddled and savored. And I'm grateful for what lay ahead. I've had a small taste of what lies on the other side of commitment, hard work, early mornings and humiliating, vomit inducing training sessions...and that is what drives me, keeps me focused even when it seems like I'll never get there. A friend shared a quote with me today by Tim Timmons, "celebration is empty without desperation". I like it and I believe it to be true.