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Grandpa Bill

Until quite literally today, basic training had been my most brutal physical trial. Now, to be fair most of it was mental trials, but still my toughest by far. If you know one iota of my history, you know I was a bit of an uncoordinated bookworm ugly duckling. Unfortunately in basic training they sought to fatten me up, and I ended up at the front as guidon carrier. It was tough duty sometimes with the tall people walking up your heals :-). I was instructed I should name respect and care for the guidon. I named him, Bill.

Somehow that ties into yesterday and today. I physically took an old military id of Grandpa's with me. You see he quite literally was along for the ride. I hope he wasn't disappointed that I doubled back. Sigh luckily at one point when I choked up thinking of him, noone could tell cause it was raining so hard. I wish he could see me now so I'd KNOW he was proud of me and the woman my mom helps me be. I suspect, but there's something to be said for knowing.

I asked my body today to give me more than I thought possible, and well it did. I'm physically bruised and battered. Surprisingly, I feel good. I even played GH tonight; we'll have to see what tomorrow brings.

I expect things to get quiet here for a bit while we vacation. I'll try to post if I get in any decent training while I'm gone. I now hope that my first ride 2 weekends from now that my body will step up again. It's another 80/50 weekend. Who knew you could get this pooped from riding 80 on Sat and50on Sun?? Now I do!

Sending my warmest thoughts and love to all my honorees. Special remembrances to my in memory ofs. WE WILL do this together. Your strength keeps me going!

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Jun. 22nd, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
You are phenomenal. I am so proud of you. huge hug and lots of love!
Jun. 22nd, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
I'm no different than anyone else who believes in something. We watched run fatboy run last night. Oh my gosh I was howling when he went to walk downstairs after spin class. But watching it reminded me that some people do these events to do what they love... run, bike, whatever and the charity is "secondary" or a means of facilitating their desire to do an endurance event. I am in this because cancer needs to go, what i do, how far i go has little to do with it. Thanks for the thoughts, back at you. Meet you on GH sometime?
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