Monday, June 25, 2007

That's What We Want

"Press on- nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent. " - Calvin Coolidge

What a weekend!

On Saturday we joined our coach Sage, her husband Wes, Ray's husband Dave, and our tri/yoga buddy Ruffin for our longest training ride yet -- nearly 50 miles through beautiful Orange and Alamance counties. Reaching a road by bike that we usually only see off of the interstate by car puts the distance into a whole new perspective!

At the end of our 3 hour tour, we noted that our legs were definitely starting to feel a bit fatigued -- quads yelping, hips tight, toes a little numb. Sage wisely reminded us that "That's what we want!" We're training to be able to confidently complete 3 hours of racing and keep going when we start to feel tired.

Later that evening, Robyn and Ryan also had a "that's what we want" experience when they ran into a family that recently graduated from Genesis Home's Family Matters Program. The family - once homeless, but now successfully working and living in a home of their own -- was hanging out together and enjoying a street festival in downtown Durham. THAT IS what we want!