Not Taking Things For Granted

realized a lot of things while riding this morning. The main thing is how much I take my health as a given... well, my leg reminded me that it's been 7 months since I came out from surgery and that I should be thankful that I can push as hard as I did today.

Other than pain I have no major health issues. I keep thinking about Don F. and Carol Pressley and their battles with Cancer. I keep thinking about Jim D. and I keep thinking about Paul and Amy and how they get to enjoy more time together now that Cancer is no longer in their lives.

Someone asked me why did I decided to do a triathlon after my surgery. Why not? When I started training for endurance sports 3 years (only 3 years?!) ago I did it because I wanted to see how hard and how far I could push myself and I don't think I've answered those questions... yet. I'm starting to feel like the pre-accident Carlos... how hard should I ride today (as hard as you can), how much should I enjoy this (as much as you can; you don't know how long you have on this earth).

I'm looking at the challenge ahead of me (Pac Grove) and the challenge in the not-so-distant future (Ironman Canda, here I come!) and am excited to see where this is going to take me, the new friends I'll meet and how much I'll change as a result 😀