If I was writing this blog a year ago I am not sure I would have been saying the same thing. I used to blog in the comfort of knowing what I wanted out of life and knowing how I felt about other people around me.
That all changed in quite dramatic circumstances a year ago which resulted in me not being able to compete in Mayhem 2015. The friends around me understood and carried on, they went on to do well and continue to ride.
Fast forward a year and I am writing this blog as a competitor in Mountain Mayhem 2016. I have competed in this event a few times now and I love its ability to draw together a mad crowd of people who love mountain biking. This year it also brought me closer to a sub set of people inside the event from our little mountain bike community of Sherwood pines. This was enabled by a very good friend. The bloke in question is called Graham Gee.
Graham is a very special person and if you spent any time in his company I can guarantee you would feel the same way. This year he asked me if I wanted to be a part of his team again and so of course I said yes. The reality kicked in about what I had agreed to though about a week before the event. It dawned upon me that I had actually agreed to take part, but also take part in a team that might do well in this race. I had spent most of my year recovering from a life changing event and rebuilding my life, which didn't put me in the best shape, but it is also one of the reasons why I am a lucky man.
Anyway here is a picture
I am a very lucky man because I met somebody who had the same experience a year ago and for some reason wanted to be a part of my crazy journey.
I am a very lucky man because I have two beautiful daughters, a great set of friends who invite me to ride in their team, loan me very expensive lights (thanks Rob), and mates who text me when they see how well we have done (Carl). I am lucky though because I met Debbie through cycling, and our community of cycling friends. I really am a lucky man.
I might even start blogging about cycling again soon (nah,..... I much prefer talking about myself)
Keep riding your bike and keep going forward.