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The race is 4 weeks away! Overall, I feel good and eagerly await the day.
The last 5 months have been a nimble adventure – including wonderful training partners and friends, a bout of bronchitis, a few short races, plenty of adjusting the training plan (and thus race-day expectations) and getting used to working out in a breathing mask (thanks, smokey season!). One notable adjustment revolved around an emergency room visit for stitches in Piper’s chin. She’s a brave lady! I nearly passed out trying to stay by her side.
Which has been a major takeaway so far. My mental and physical training work have been neck and neck. One particular post-ride run was taken with both Paxton and Piper on their bikes. They managed to crash (unharmed) 3x and endlessly express their observations (“Squirrel!”), needs (“I’m thirsty!”), inquiries (“Why, mommy, if two wrongs don’t make a right, do two negatives make a positive in math?” 😉) I’m just trying to get through a 10K on fatigued legs, people!
But after a fair handful of interrupted workouts I relented I’d rather train in a way that made space for the priorities in my life…not to allow the purely physical gains of a workout to be the priority. I’d rather have a slower race that welcomed a holistic, inclusive journey than a PR in a silo. These little ones want to be a part of everything we do, and it’s fun to see them go after their own athletic achievements.
I’m just about to hit my 750-mile training goal within the Venture Miles campaign benefitting trafficked persons. This is earlier than I expected, which is a pleasant surprise. I still have another 100+ miles on the training plan. Before I log the next/last miles, I wanted to do one more invite to join in.
30 lives have already been impacted from only 2 pledges! That’s so cool. And there’s room for a whole lot more impact.
You can check out the campaign page and donate here: https://venturemiles.org/fundraiser/a7280344-6941-430e-a12d-080b2e6de48d