I got older again this week. I mean, I get older every week, however this particular one marked not only the end of another year of poor decision-making and undue prattling but also the halfway point of my fourth decade of roaming this lovely little planet.
At 35 I find myself in better shape by far than I was at 25, and I know much more about who I am while taking myself much less seriously. While I'm definitely a little more timid about things that could get me badly hurt than I was a decade ago, I still managed to stump up the courage to ride my mountain bike through some of the madness that is our new-last-fall local BMX track for the first time on Monday.
|Since there were no photos, you'll just have to accept an artist's conception.|
There was no air, but there was no unplanned horizontality either. That counts as a win, especially since I managed it without even a small shriek of terror.
I'm pretty happy with where I am in life, and excited about the possibilities the future holds. The best part is that I have an amazing partner with whom to share it all.
|This guy is seriously the awesomest.|
What the future most assuredly has in store is the Belwood Triathlon, happening tomorrow morning. Since it's only 2 weeks after Mine Over Matter I'm not really expecting much in the way of performance - really, I'm doing this race because Tanker has told me that the bike course is lovely after doing it as a relay in past years, so I'm going to find out for myself. I've only been on my tri bike a handful of times this year, so I really have no idea of how it's going to go. I've tried to get some rest and taper a bit this week, with mixed results. With it having been my birthday yesterday, there was a bit of a storm of carbo-loading, but I'm not sure that's really going to be terribly helpful.
|It was, however, incredibly delicious.|
(Crisp rice treat with two cookies and a black candle on top, because Tanker rawks)
So I'll go and race without expecting anything other than having some laughs. It's the last race I have scheduled until mid-September, and my birthday gift to myself is just to go out and have fun.