We have started officially ‘training’ for our Coast 2 Coast Bike Ride. Right now, it includes an hour of time on the bike, some core exercises, some running and walking.
We spent a few days in St. George and were able to get on the tandem and ride 12 miles on Thursday, 25 miles on Friday and 57 miles on Saturday as part of the Tour of St. George. It felt so great! As we cycled out in the country we talked a lot about our upcoming adventure of experiencing our beautiful country in such a new way!
Coming up on four months to prepare. Lots to do to prepare ourselves physically – leave our home – our businesses.
Recently I received an email that meant so much. They were reading my book: Look up, move forward. We both have the same eye condition: Retinitis Pigmentosa. She said: “Reading your book … it feels like your words – and your feelings are mine. I can so relate to what you are sharing. I am inviting my family to read your book so they can understand.” Pam from VT
She quoted this excerpt from my book that had helped her:
“Those few moments on the porch mark the foundation of many lessons I draw upon. Most importantly, I learned that I could find strength when it seemed lost. I learned that my reserved were there when I needed them, and that I could choose courage and joy, even when it was difficult. I, of course, could get caught in the story of the challenges of my eye condition, but equally possible, and dramatically more desirable, was working through my emotions until I arrived at a place of determination.”
Thank you Pam! The power of connection to know we are not alone in our journey helps us so much.
The chapter begins with a favorite quote:
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. — Elisabeth Kubler Ross
No time like the present to make those dreams happen! After some contemplation – exploring options we did it! We are joining a team cycling across the country! We start in San Diego, CA in the spring and will finish in St. Augustine, FL. We can’t wait to share details of our training and adventure. And oh, so much preparation to do to be ready to leave for this adventure!
Yet as in all aspects of life … one step at a time, one task at a time, one mile at a time.
So excited to share in this journey and experience the country on the bike with my best friend!! With love, Becky
Here’s a clip that shows us cycling .. I love living an active life!
I’ve been reflecting on some key moments of shift for me. You know that time when someone said you couldn’t do it and you said .. wait a minute, I think I can!! When we stop and make that shift for ourselves it becomes empowering.
I write about a couple of these moments in my book: Look up, move forward. I share an experience where I was challenged if I could be a social worker. The Department head had questioned my abilities due to my eyesight. “By the time I got on the bus, though, my confidence had rebounded enough to reimagine the interview. In the new version, when I fumbled for the chair, I asked for assistance without apology. My answers to his questions were concise and decide. I cowered less, and asserted more, assuring him that I was ready for the coursework, that I understood the rigors of graduate school, and that i knew I could be an effective counselor.”
“But being rejected galvanized my desire to become a counselor. I knew this was what I wanted to do. I couldn’t give up but the path of least resistance had been blocked.”
Years later, I can appreciate this moment of shift. I recognized that I didn’t need to believe his negative assertion about me and my capabilities. As clients come into my office and I briefly share with them, I am blind – that’s my guide dog in the corner and we move forward with what brought them to counseling, I think how little this matters that I don’t see their face.
As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better. — Steve Maraboli
Steve and I married after my freshman year … he supported me through a Bachelor’s Degree and our two kids future Aggies joined the family, a Master’s Degree, and learning to navigate student life as a blind woman.
What an amazing day to celebrate so much! So grateful! Go Aggies! Thanks for your amazing support in giving me the tools to take on my dreams!