I am so excited to report that I have had an awesome week of riding! The weather has been cooperating nicely so the trails have been perfect! I have been feeling stronger, faster and more confident every day. This is all great news BUT as you know, I am having my exchange surgery tomorrow and have no idea how long it will take me to get back to this point again. I do know that if I can get it back once - I can do it again. It doesn’t make it any less frustrating.
Today was my third solo ride in a row. As far as I could tell, I was the only person at Graham Hills this morning. I pulled into the parking lot and it was empty. No bikers, no hikers, no dog walkers. It was just me and the woods. As usual I saw a few dozen chipmunks and squirrels that tried to play chicken with my front wheel and I startled a couple deer coming through the meadow. I was in my groove and feeling actual speed in my legs for the first time in a while. Just when I started to feel a sense of panic about my surgery taking that away, there it was. The eagle (or hawk, not sure) swooped down over the trail in front of me and perched on a tree and watched me as I pedaled by. This is the same bird that I have seen in Graham on other solo occasions. It is always in the morning and once I even saw it swoop down and grab a huge squirrel off the trail in front of me and fly away with it! Every time I see this bird, it is at a moment when I could use the reminder to reconnect with my spirituality. When I need to be enjoying the moment and not worrying about what is ahead. I have always viewed the woods as my grounding place and like the other mornings, this brought me the peace I needed today.
Bring on my new boobs!!!