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Back in May, I started za plan. On that very first day, I installed a brand new set of bomber Ritchey Fortress training tires. Yesterday, I finally retired those puppies before they explode on a 50mph descent. I held these things in my hand for a bit sitting in my garage, late at night, after Boups swung by with beers in tow.

This led me to thinking...

Anything can happen. You can not stop what is coming....and what is coming, good or bad, is absolutely equivalent to what you set in motion in the universe, years, months, days....even seconds before.

Balance and forethought.

I'm a little worn out. Not unlike that Fortress' tread. I've ranted enough over the last moths about this. It is what it is. But, I'm happy to say I'm getting signals back from the universe that things will be OK. The conversations last night with old friends were life changing. Words were spoken, words were heard...but the words were carefully listened to.

Note the difference.

Today, for instance, was the first time in many many many months that I woke up with a smile. It was totally noticeable to me. I sprang out of bed. This is in opposition to most mornings when I feel a ghost fever, my eyes crack open and the first blurry sights they see are of my night stand and a BlackBerry's red light spastically blinking...remind me that Groundhog's Day is about to replay itself.

None of this has to do with bikes. Everything I speak of however, will have an effect in biking, how I father, how I love, the type of friend I can be, the level of depth I need to be at as a professional. Obviously not in any particular order. A universal and holistic wrapper that has re-cased my brain from the eroding cancer to absolute hope. God that feels good.


Tired of me yet? I am not apologizing. Dig deep into your own condition. Your own situation. Your own motivation.

I am doing what I can to correct and find it. I think I opened my eyes to something that is not blinking red.

Reader Comments (2)

Oh yes, the balancing act. Keep your head on- you will be fine. I think if you can handle frozen temps, mud, lactic acid build up and blown tires that land you on your face, you can handle anything. Keep up the great work- Belgium is awaitin'


December 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ahh grasshopper, you have another piece to your quest in life. We can not compartmentalize our lives yet we can only focus on what is in front or we miss the gift, that is harmony and balance. Sounds like you were bogged down in the mud and now you are back up on the kasseien (cobbles).
You are an inspiration to your family, your friends, your co-workers, your readers, your fellow Cross'ers.

December 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBolivar

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