Yesterday I mowed the lawn. I shouldn’t have had to mow it because the Kid just mowed it on Sunday afternoon….unfortunately the lawn tractor doesn’t work unless you engage the blade! But what really gets me is the fact that MacGyver was outside the entire time the kid was riding around on that tractor and neither of them noticed the grass was NOT getting shorter. Unbelievable, classic but unbelievable.
So, as I mentioned I mowed the lawn which means I woke up at 3 am with a blistering sinus infection and itchy, watery eyes. Needless to say, I was in no mood to get up at 5:30 am and go running. Instead I got up at 7:30 and took the dogs for a walk and then got out the old bike and took her for a spin.
Things went pretty good for the first 7 miles although my seat did feel like it needed to be raised. Unfortunately at mile 7 my chain failed and by failed I mean, it got all jammed up and partially fell off.
I should have seen it coming. It had been slipping all morning.
Fortunately, the lady running behind me stopped to help. She said she knew a little about bikes and that she rode occasionally. After about 10 minutes we got the chain back on and I was able to pedal so I rode along side her down the trail and we talked a bit. I told her I normally run and didn’t really know squat about bikes but needed to cross train and thought the bike would be a good fit. I also told her about my ‘dead butt’ and how I was trying to strengthen it. She’s in the medical field and offered some good advice.
I also noticed how well she ran. I was so impressed by how perfect and easy her running form seemed, and she was quite good at keeping her pace consistent. She didn’t even have a Garmin or a Polar or any kind of fancy watch helping her out. I told her how impressed I was and it was at that point that she told me she ran triathlons. She’s been running them for over 25 years, she started in the 90’s but she’s been an athlete since the age of 11.
We continued on and talked about training and she told me about her training and how much she really loves running. She also said she never runs the same marathon twice. She wants to go all over and experience all kinds of races. I kind of like that. After a while she said she had to go and I thanked her again and off she ran.
I rode on and thought about how inspiring she was. Not only is she an excellent athlete who’s been running triathlons for over 25 years but she also suffers from Macular Degeneration. So since 2011 she’s been competing with a guide, because in case I didn’t mention it, she is also legally blind. She runs this trail every day because she knows it so well, she can run it by herself and she likes that. Oh, and another thing, she’s not only an athlete, she’s a National Champion!
And that champion got right down there on the ground and got all greasy as she put the chain back on my piece-of-crap, Wal-Mart bike.
Sometimes, when you least expect it, you meet the most amazing people…
When is the last time you met someone inspirational?