29 years later….
Hi, and welcome to my post which is a few days late. I wanted to title this post 29 years later because the anniversary of the auto accident I was involved in was just a few days ago on November 27th. I honestly did not even remember the day was here. The first couple years post injury I was just hoping that day would bring a miracle. Well, I knew I was the one who was going to have to be the one to turn the wheels on a miracle. I truly am grateful that I am doing what I am with the sport of handcycling. I am grateful for many things. I grateful for my independence, education, stubbornness, the teachings of Christ and his example, my parents love and example, the people I have met over the years and more. Just sometimes we have those whirlwind moments that stir us up. For example, a tree in an enclosed biosphere will not even grow to its full potential. Why? Because a tree enclosed in a bubble is not exposed to the elements to strengthen it giving it resilience. Much more I could say but I will keep it brief. I have been spending a lot of time managing this class I am teaching on health coaching. I was basically given the pieces, but not all of them, and had to put the course together and turn 16 weeks into an intensified 8 week semester. Thank goodness this is finals week! I lost a pet as well which was more than a bummer.
Enough about the above. This is a blog and does not have to be all about cycling but also life. I was selected to attend world cup 1 in Adelaide, Australia with Team USA mid-January. This will be my first trip to Australia and longest flight I have ever been on. The total flight time just from LA to Sydney will be 15 hours and 30 min. An additional two flights taking total travel time to about 24 hours. I’m not complaining but looking forward to the experience. My training has really picked up this past 3 weeks with a mix of road and time on the smart trainer. Tomorrow is a number of 1 minute intervals above threshold. I LOVE ABOVE THRESHOLD EFFORTS watching my watts stay in the 90’s. My FTP was around 88 at peak during the 2023 season, maybe a little higher. I will write more later this month. Be grateful for something. And please, allow yourself to have little successes as you pursue your long-term goals. Goals are the spice of life. Talk to you next month!