Sunday, January 01, 2017
That's What I Learned From My Dad
Are these bragging numbers? No, they are not. There are 7 billion people on this planet and I imagine a great number of them can do a great number of athletic feats better than I. But to me they are victories over the aging process. They are victories over time and victories over life, both of which, as they creep along, take with them lots of delicious little bits of who you are with them.
I don't like the person that was the younger me, but I admire his drive and I admire his audaciousness. He was too stubborn (and stupid) and his ego was too big to do the sport the right way, but somehow he still accomplished a lot of things. Becoming a better man while holding on to some of that jerk's athletic prowess is a goal for me now. It's not the racing that I cannot let go of, but the feeling of accomplishment and how I measure up.