What is it about changing perspective that lets us justify behavior that, at our most clear-headed, we would find inappropriate or downright abhorrent? “Share the road” is a phrase popular in the cycling community, and used nationwide to advocate for cyclists’ rights. At its crux, it serves to remind drivers that cyclists are allowed, even entitled, to space on the road, in particular when there is no segregated bike lane.
Stafko’s entire piece is summed up by this line: “Running a marathon is hard enough without also patting yourself on the back every step of the way.” How does he know, I wonder? Given that he closed the piece with “I saw a great new bumper sticker the other day. It read 0.0. I’ll take one of those, please.”, I would guess that he’s not in a position to give informed commentary.
Today was my dad’s last day of radiation treatment. (And there was much rejoicing!) He’s looked forward to today since the day he first learned he would need radiation. IU Simon Cancer Center’s radiation treatment facility has a “rite of passage” that all recipients of radiation take part in upon completion. As the plaque pictured to the right explains, the patient gets to ring the bell signifying successful completion of the regimen, and the staff and family help them celebrate their accomplishment.
Racing always serves as the reward for training. Some races are more “rewarding” than others. Usually, those races are new challenges – a new distance, a different course, or a different format. Closing out my abbreviated 2013 race season, I thought the Fearless Double Super Sprint, a 375m swim – 10k bike – 2.5k run – 375m swim – 10k bike – 2.5k run format, would be a fun way to change things up.