(Thanks to all of you who shared your upcoming goals and challenges in my previous post. I am again inspired and will enjoy following along.)
Samson, The Clydesdale Colt
Great news! Samson, my middle child, recently agreed to do the 35-mile El Tour de Tucson with me in late November (except the organizers have just stretched it out to be 40 miles!).
Samson is a not an experienced cyclist (how could he be at 11-years-old?). He only has really been riding for about the past two years, but we rode the 12-mile route of the Tour de Cure this year, so he's got one race under his belt.
One benefit that he has going for him is his determination. When he chooses to go after something, he is disciplined and focused. He has also seen how I was horribly out of shape last year and through a lot of training, completed my first cycling race, the 2009 El Tour.
His friends recently heard about his decision to do this and like many 6th grade boys, they were not encouraging. They teased, telling him that he couldn't do it, that he's not even an athlete, that he doesn't have the stamina, etc. These are statements that he wrestles with internally as well. But he knows that I felt the same way a year ago and he has seen my progress.
We will do this together and it will be a life-changing event for him.
From time to time, I will ask Samson to share his progress on training, thoughts on the upcoming race, etc. Please give him the same encouragement (or more!) that you have given me. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.