Guys, I lied, I am so tired. I did it for the pun. It’s been a long Winter and I’m so ready for Spring to finally be here. I feel like my arms and legs just weigh more than usual…does that make sense? Hopefully we have some sunny days ahead because that always helps me.
Yesterday I had a doctor’s appointment in Philadelphia. It was business as usual, but I did learn something new. I have been on my current treatment plan for almost two years now. The Ibrance and Letrozole are working together like an unstoppable force and its showing no signs of slowing down. The next thing to do is to start spacing out the doctors visits. I will continue to go in for my shots every month, but I will not need to meet with the doctor every time I go in. Already, my scans are getting spaced out a little more, with my next one being in May. I will take it as a very good sign that the doctor doesn’t feel it’s necessary for me to come in so often. Fingers crossed that the Ibrance and Letrozole continue to work.
The other news I have to share is that I’m celebrating a big birthday next week. I’m turning 30! At first I was freaked out, but now I’m just excited. Nobody’s life is exactly how they pictured it to be when they turn 30 and that is okay. I actually came across a very nice passage this week about what makes a person successful. It’s always good to remind yourself what is truely important.
What is success?
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch Or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
In lieu of birthday gifts, I would so appreciate donations for my Tour de Pink team, which I have linked below.
I have completed another 200+ miles in three days. Having done it twice now with a training routine that I would describe as inconsistent at best, I am feeling a lot more confident about riding. Also, I really like group riding. It’s so much fun to move as a pack, calling out potholes, cars, and stops to my fellow riders. Instantly, it makes me feel like I’m part of a team and It’s not important that I don’t know the names of the people who I’m riding with! We are all trying to keep each other safe.
For the most part, the weather cooperated. It was warm and sticky most of the time, which finally turned to rain on Sunday. Since I never rode in the rain, it was a good learning experience. Kate got a flat that last day, which was the first and only time we had any technical difficulties. Even that was a learning experience- I had never changed a tire! I still have never changed one. It was the Ride Marshall that stopped to help us out, but I watched closely and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to hold my own if and when it happens to me.
Check out some of these awesome photos from the ride!
I’m already looking forward to next year and thinking about how I’m going to grow my team, raise more money, and become a better rider. But that leaves me trying to answer the question, “what do I do now that the ride is over?”. All summer, I look forward to this ride. I train. I sweat. I prepare. And then I bike TWO HUNDRED MILES in one weekend! And I’m right where I want to be. So when my ride is over and the next one isn’t for another year, I naturally get a little bummed out.
I need the structure. Jon and I worked really well together during those three days. We each knew what our role was and it made me feel really good to see how smooth everything went. Kevin and Kate were great, too. We laughed through the whole weekend. Kate said she wants to join me next year, as long as it doesn’t conflict with her Ironman triathlon weekend. So if you or anyone you know wants to join the coolest TdP team ever…..let me know, I might have an opening for you 😉
Lastly, I just want to thank everyone that donated to my ride, whether it was $5 or $500. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family in my life.