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Sister of the Century

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Regular readers know my sister. She gave me my Garmin, she was the official support squad for last year's triathlons and she continues to be one of my biggest "roosters" (they crow, so you dont have to). Example, we went biking on a local rail trail a few weeks ago and the last 2 miles of the return I decided we needed to really *pound it.* The goal was to get speed up to 15mph. I ended up passing a guy who we were chatting with at the other end of the trail. Apparently, he looked on in wonderment at the crazy lady (me), my sister told him not to worry, he had been passed by a genuine triathlete.

She's proud of me.

Earlier this summer, she had a "crazy" idea. She wants to do a Century Ride. Since nobody else in the family would even consider this, it behooves me to support her in this dream. I had filed Century Ride in the "Someday" file. "Yeah, I'd like to do that someday, but not this year." Well, opportunity knocks. We did a little research. The first opportunity to do an extended group ride is the Tour Du Goshen - the day before the West Point Triathlon. Nah, I'll do the 11 mile family ride with her if she wants, but that race is too important to me to do another extended endurance event the exact same weekend. Its a sure way to pain and injury. There are other events in Sept and Oct that we are looking at including The NYC Century Ride and Fall Foliage Tour "Ride with the Camels" (The route goes past a farm with some rescued camels. Part of the proceed of the ride go to their maintenance.)

In addition, yesterday's family adventure took us through the Delaware Water Gap Recreation area. According to the map there is a 30 mile bike trail. We could always do our own Metric Century (62 miles) which is still certainly challenging enough that I'm willing to put that sticker on my car.

Finally, because we're card carrying residents of CrazyTown around here, I'm also still hoping and dreaming of that Half Marathon on Sept 15th. I talked with a friend of mine about it who has done these things in the past. Apparently there are some monster hills in the course. EEK! And my running has been really difficult lately.

So, yeah. Apparently Crazy is infectious. Beware who you give it to. Just like the cold that gives one person snotty sneezes, but another horrible body ache, when YOU start to exercise, you may inspire someone else to start Doing Something too. And next thing you know, you find yourself pouring over bike maps and thinking "What the heck have I gotten myself into??"
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    DWG, a hop and a skip from my home and we rarely go there.
    You make me want to travel!
    1546 days ago
    Yes, all true, but you've caught the GOOD kind of crazy. Can you even imagine telling yourself 5 years ago, all that you are excited to do now?
    1549 days ago
    I love your sister. I have recently infected some friends with the joys of bike riding.

    I've thought about a Century bike ride. Maybe I should do a little more than think about it.

    1549 days ago
    Sounds great! So happy you have someone in your life with you for such support.
    1551 days ago
    You are making me HOMESICK for the territory of my son's upbringing. Delaware Water Gap... his father's childhood playground... I'm thinking I have to change my destination races for 2014 so I get back to upstate NY! Although, the danger of that? HILLS.

    Hmmmm... is a plot hatching? emoticon
    1551 days ago
    emoticon My brother and I egg each other on! We are going paddling down in Erie PA tonight.
    1551 days ago
    I think it is really fantastic that you have sparked your sister and you can share in these physical endeavors together. What a great partner in crime!
    1551 days ago
    Thanx for passing on the inspiration! Yes, you do have a great sister. I guess it takes one to be Crazy with one!! Crazy on little sister , crazy on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Blessings
    1551 days ago
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