I have two huge events coming up in the next two months:
Richmond Rox Triathlon - September 18
Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach MS - October 8-9
Part of what makes me who I am is that I'm constantly pushing myself, improving my life. These two events will both be physically challenging:
- The triathlon is a 1500 meter swim, 40K bike, and 10K run. And I'm doing with my amazing friend, Steph!
- The bike ride has multiple options, but my goal is to ride at least 50 miles on both Saturday and Sunday. Dan is riding, too, and we're part of the Unknown Bike and Brew Team. (We ride with them almost every Saturday.)
But I've been training and committed. It is really hard to balance life, work, and training (for example, I started this blog on August 18 and am posting it almost three weeks later!), but I love the training. I actually think I enjoy it more than I do racing. And that's what's important because the race/event will only take a few hours or days, and it takes a really long time to train for them.
I also really like the adventure of these. The adventure is in trying something new, and while I've done an Olympic distance triathlon before, I've never done a long bike ride over multiple days.
Wish me luck!
And if you'd like to help me raise money for Bike MS, click here.
I did sort of make a resolution for 2018, but it is not quantifiable at all. And thus it doesn’t demand anything like: Write one blog per week.
Instead my 2018 focus is on finding delight.
I wrote a thing about my aunt, Sue, who passed away last summer.... I still don't know what to do with this, really, but sharing it feels right today, especially as my grading slows at the end of the term, and I have some time to reorient my life, to find my way back to creating a life I love.
While Dan and I sat outside, my mom’s most recent, sweet gift sat on our kitchen table. It was a box of hot chocolate from Amazon. It was simple but so considerate, and it's the perfect illustration of how gracious my mom is.
I have always been a billboard for positive thinking. But not anymore.
I know how I got here, how I became this positive-thinking evangelical. I got here by combating anxiety with positive affirmations, moving toward success through imagining it, beginning with the end in mind.
There’s a huge difference for me between what is private and public information. As both a poet and a blogger, I've always had to negotiate this. Sharing why I'm raising money for cancer research toes that fine line.