Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Present:Hope Tour Day 6
Today was a tough one for me. I think it's the day that reality officially set in. The whole "one foot in front of the other" applies so well to today. I was tired, my butt hurt, my legs are sore. I didn't have any idea how I was going to get through today. As we started out, I thought to myself, just put one foot in front of the other- just keep pedaling. It made me think of how the tornado victims and anyone else dealing with loss must feel every morning too. They wake up thinking, I don't know how I'm going to get through today but they put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. It doesn't happen overnight, but soon there is progress. And where there is progress there is hope.
I rode the first 22 miles with Steve today and he pushed my pace a lot. I burned a lot matches out of the book right off the bat. But it felt awesome. I started out sore and before long I was cruising. Of course, I paid for it the rest of the day but it was totally worth it.
We ended in Memphis where my in-laws picked me up for dinner. Love those guys! Now I'm back with my team and feeling exhausted but grateful for the ability to press on, put one foot in front of the other and start over tomorrow.