Today was my birthday!!! I felt amazing, as if I was so blessed to have another year to do my best and reach for all I can. I drove home today along one of my routes that I train on and remembered an area along side of the road where there was a memorial set up for a young man who passed away there. They had his football number, signs and candles set along the road to honor his life. Every time I would bike pass this memorial it severed as a motivation for me to keep going strong. I felt so blessed to be out there giving it my all, and so I would press on faster and harder than ever.
So for today, my 32nd birthday I feel privileged to have seen another birthday pass by. When I race on Sunday, I will think of that young man who was not able to have another birthday or another chance to live out his dreams. I will focus not on time or where I place, but rather racing for those who cannot, always remembering how blessed we are each and every morning we wake and take another breath. 32, here I come.... I am ready!!!