Goodbye For Now, Bike.

My bike is out of my hands. I dropped it and my gear bag off tonight with Tri Team Transport for a safe journey to Coeur d’Alene. This race is happening!

Last time I went to Coeur d’Alene, I was super nervous dropping off my bike. I remember that my hands were shaking as I tried to fill out the tags that would be attached to my stuff. Today, I wasn’t nervous. I calmly packed my stuff, loaded my car, and headed to the drop off point. I could feel my energy rising on my way there. And as with St. George, I forgot to give my bike a good luck kiss. But that’s okay. My bike and I understand one another. I know we’ll be fine.

Something has happened to my energy today. I think it has everything to do with my lunch with my friend Ginger.

I got a text from her this morning inviting me to lunch. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to go because of work, but it worked out. I started out updating her on me. In other words, I started out complaining a bit. But eventually the conversation turned to her and the wonderful things happening in her life. As we spoke, my spirits just lifted.

I can’t really explain it except to say that it felt good to be in the company of a dear friend. It felt good to be heard and understood. It felt good to listen. It felt good to laugh. Time with Ginger was exactly what I needed.

After lunch, I went back to work in a much better mood – a much better place mentally. And then tonight, I got to prep my stuff for my race, which just excited me more. I can’t wait to get to Coeur d’Alene. I’m ready for it.

Be safe, speedy bike. I’ll see you next week.

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