"I can avoid being seen if I wish, but to
disappear entirely, that is a rare gift."
- Aragon (to Frodo Baggins)
The time has come for me to cleanse myself
from 1,000 straight days of work with no rest.
I now need to scale mountains and run prairies
and swim oceans white with foam...
On Friday, I will be paying between seven and eight
hundred dollars to register for the 2013 Lake
Placid Triathlon. Despite my talofibular ligament
tear, I've decided to get to the starting line
at 7 AM and swim 2.4 miles. I have been discussing
with trainers, coaches, and friends the 112 mile
bike ride, which I can do, and the marathon run,
which might be a challenge and make my injury worse.
I will decide at the last moment exactly what I will
be doing on Sunday based upon how I react from long
distance training today and Saturday.
I have a new friend. Her name is Leah Prudhomme. You
might have read about her this week. In her youth,
Leah went through the windshield of her car in a
severe accident. After college, Leah survived a
thyroid tumor. A few days ago while training for
her Ironman triathlon, Leah was attacked in a lake
by a not-so playful otter. After suffering 25
severe puncture wound bites, Leah is back to
training full time. After speaking with Leah
for about 30 minutes on Monday, I can say with
enthusiasm that she is an inspiration!
Her blog contains this quote which will become
my mantra during the next 12 months:
"You never rise to the level of your expectations...
You fall to the level of your training."
I will be back when.
"I love thy rocks and rills,
thy woods and templed hills;
my heart with rapture thrills,
like that above."
- Samuel Smith