We did it (completed our 100 mile bike ride on Saturday)! I found myself thinking of many analogies of this bike ride and life. For example:
*The downhills are appreciated after the climb. This ride had so many hills and that is so grueling on a tandem (whine, whine) but the downhills are SO much fun. Yes, I do stick my feet out and sing.
*Some people come into our lives for a short time just when we need them (thank you to the nice people on stop 4 who still had oranges left) and others we are enjoying for eternity (thanks Steve for being there with me for all 100).
*At times we cheer others on and at times we need to be cheered on. Both are an important part of a ride and life.
*A 100 mile ride is manageable by breaking it into small increments (20 miles to lunch, this is 4x of our legacy ride).
*Live in the moment. Its easy to focus forward on getting done - how many miles are left? what time will we get done? instead of enjoying the beautiful day and the experience.
*This ride had our own unique challenges and victories. We crossed the finish line at our own pace.