A year ago, I was so obsessed with El Tour de Tucson, my 35-mile first cycling race. I would like awake at night wondering "would I finish?" I realize now that I was far more prepared than I thought at the time. I am generally confident in so many areas of my life, but I have never been confident in athletics. Being overweight for most of my life and not too interested in sports can foster that lack of confidence.
The El Tour 2010 race is 9 days away and I have exercised more in the past year than I have in 20 years. In January of 2010, I set goals for the year and stated that I would do the 66-mile El Tour route, unless "one of my kids or my wife wants to do their first race on the 35 mile route. I'd love to do that with them". I see now that I could have signed up for the 109-mile route this year and completed it. I am so proud to be riding the race this year with my son, Samson. He is nervous now about the 40-mile route, but he knows that he can do it. I am guessing that this accomplishment will give him great confidence at this early age and show him that he can do difficult things in life.
Samson and I will get in one long ride this Saturday and then just do a few short rides around the neighborhood during the next week before the race on the 20th.
But first on Saturday morning, we will attend the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association's Bike Swap. I am looking forward to looking for some old vintage stuff for my old Schwinn Collegiate. I also am looking forward to meeing John from One Speed: Go!, a very cool blog about cycling in Arizona. Coffee Cart at 8:30, John! See you there.