Lessons and Observations for Life–(from my perspective)

As you all know…I LOVE to learn…and what’s better…observing to learn.  And, MOST of y’all who know me, know that I tend to learn things the HARD way.  It’s true.  But, also…at least the lessons are VERY ingrained!!

For example…I have decided to run the Grand Teton Half Marathon.  Looks sooo good on paper, right???  Beautiful course, nice cool temps….my mountains…..I’m so excited!  Well…I have only been cranking out 4 miles here in the altitude.   And, that is just now that the snow is melting and I can actually run on solid ground.  So, begins the training…now, the scenery is stunning…check this out…

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I mean…who couldn’t run forever looking at this…well, that would be ME…yup…me.

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And, looking at this…and running along this should keep my legs moving…yea, well, not so much.  BUT!  Never fear…here is where the hard lesson..comes in….

So, after a nice training run of 4 miles….who wouldn’t take their bike to the park and ride…for hours….(no smart ass comments please)

Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE being outside…anything outside.  But, what I neglected to acknowledge is that we have been skiing… ALOT…I have been hitting the gym with regular leg workouts and I’ve been doing yoga.  Add all that up and you get VERY TIRED LEGS!  But, no biggie…let’s load up the bike and hit it….so, I did….

Isn’t that stunning??  so…I just keep riding…after all, it is breathtaking and the sun is out…I’m so happy…Until I realize I have ridden 11 miles out…and now, I have to ride back…ummm….my butt hurts…..Well, damn…pretty sure my legs lost all feeling by the end and my butt will never be the same.

If you notice in this video…I am going much slower than before.  Yup..that’s because I am on my way back…but, worth every single mile.

So, here are my lessons and observations…use them…or learn the hard way..

  1.  Don’t ride 22 miles on your bike after skiing for days, hitting the gym AND running that same day.
  2. Invest in either those padded bike shorts (but really only acceptable on the Tour de France). or a wonderfully padded bike seat.
  3. Enjoy every ounce of the outdoors..no matter how much pain you may be in…and trust me…it may be painful.
  4. Acknowledge your limits…yea…like maybe do an easy 5 mile ride…
  5. Pay attention to where and how far you are going…..it’s all good to get caught up in your thoughts and lose yourself in the beauty of nature..but PEOPLE…you gotta get back somehow!!!

And, the best lesson of all…SCREW the LESSONS!!  LIVE!!  LIVE OUTLOUD…LIVE WILD…LIVE EVERYDAY…LIVE…JUST LIVE… and ENJOY IT!!  Don’t feel guilty LIVING!!!  Yes, we have responsibilities…yes, we have to adult most days…but, doesn’t mean you can’t LIVE!!

So, with my very humble lessons…it really boils down to LIVE.  Be who you are…who your soul WANTS you to be.  You know what that is.  Mine?  Well…I’m a little crazy, a little country, a little redneck, but, I am full of LOVE and HOPE and FAITH…and I annoy people but, hey!  I’m me….and I’m messy and authentic and REAL!!  There it is…now, go live WILD!!

Here’s to LIVING….Keep it up peeps…you’re doing AWESOME!!

 

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