This week held a number of first yet again for me. The first time I met my family for dinner, the first time I met a friend for lunch, the first meeting with someone interested in assisting me with getting my charitable program started, and last but not least my first car ride in twenty seven days.
I must start out by saying that I have a love for Mexican food specifically fajitas. My family and I frequent this one restaurant so often it is not uncommon for one of us to get an unsolicited hug from the staff before we leave. Since the start of March, we had not been to this restaurant and I was starting to get a craving that could only be satisfied by their food. So when the family started mentioning going out to eat, there was only one choice that I was willing to accept and before the sentence was finished I was changing clothes and on my way out the door to meet them there. I asked them to extend me a little head start so they would not have to wait for me. They were happy to oblige and as luck would have it we pulled into the parking lot at exactly the same time. We decided to sit on the patio and enjoyed a wonderful supper together as a family. After dinner, we went our separate ways and met back at home. I now know that my favorite restaurant is exactly five miles from my doorstep.
One of my friends had contacted me earlier in the week and requested that we meet for lunch. Since the inception of my project, one thing that I must have is lead time to plan for what the day will hold. So, I suggested that we meet on Friday and he gladly accepted. This would allow me the time I needed to prepare a route, clothing options, and restaurant choices. So knowing that Friday is casual day at the office, I decided that I would wear jeans and pick a restaurant that was two and a half miles from the office. The weather was a little cool that day so I thought that I could make it to the restaurant without breaking to much of a sweat if I wore my regular clothes on the ride. I was right and even though I must have looked a little odd on a road bike with clip less pedals riding with regular clothes and shoes it was a nice easy ride and a good lunch. It is always great to catch up with friends after not having seen them in a while. So after lunch off I went back to work to finish out my day.
I have had a couple of people contact me through my website after reading my newspaper article and my blog interested in sharing their program and also requesting permission to assist me in getting my charitable program started. I had the pleasure of meeting with one of these people on Friday afternoon and I am very excited about the possibilities and what the future will hold. There will be more to come on this as the program is developed check back regularly for more details.
Ok, so I knew that there would be a day during my journey that I would have to ride in a car. I kind of knew for a while when that day would ultimately come…….Sunday March 27th, 2011 if not before. My wife has been wanting to take a trip to Asheville, North Carolina for a while to visit the Biltmore House. After mentioning it to me a couple of times, she bought and printed tickets out on February 27th, 2011 for a day trip to be taken on March 27th, 2011. So, I knew that if I could make it to March 27th, 2011 I would at least have a twenty six day carless streak under my belt.
To be honest, I tend to take things a day at a time. I can see the big picture and am constantly working towards the end goal but know that I most focus my energy on what I can do today to get there. That being said, I had not really thought on how many days it had been or when the end would come until this week when it was to become a reality. I won’t lie and say I was not a little disappointed by the fact that I was about to take my first car ride in twenty seven days. However, what better way for the streak to end then a day trip with the family to a beautiful city in the mountains.
The morning started not unlike most mornings when we are going somewhere together with the hurry up and wait round of showers, make up, hair, and getting dressed. I typically take my shower last, because as a man, I am blessed with the ability to get ready in about ten to fifteen minutes. I know there are some ladies out there that can get ready rather quickly but let’s just say my ladies take a little longer than I do to get ready. So to keep the peace, I usually let them get a really good head start before I step foot in the shower.
Once I was finished getting ready and allowed the ladies the additional time they needed, I journeyed out into the driveway to get the car ready for the trip. We had decided to take my daughter’s car since it was the most inexpensive on gas and also had the least amount of dog hair in it. So, I sat down in the driver’s seat, adjusted the mirrors, set the GPS, and checked the car for garbage.
I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty sitting in the car even though I set the twenty five mile radius from day one and this trip would be two hundred and sixty miles round trip. As I sat in car waiting for the girls, I had mixed emotions. I knew that I was about to go on trip that would almost match the total number of miles that I had travelled over the last month. On one hand, I felt proud and elated that I had managed to cover three hundred and thirty two miles by both running and biking over the last four weeks. On the other hand, I felt a little sad knowing that the streak was over. I quickly got over it knowing that this was not truly the end of anything but the beginning of a new streak that would start at the conclusion of this trip.
This week ended with my lowest mileage to date, including two zero mileage days. This is very unusual for me
but I welcomed and appreciated the extra rest. I must admit as we were traveling to Asheville I couldn’t help
day dreaming about running in the mountains as I drove over them. I am hoping this week will include a much
needed run in the Smokies. Until next week, keep your head held high and get out there and get active.