Pay Attention, Don’t Be Stupid!

I no longer ask, I am begging you to please pay attention. Drivers. PLEASE watch out for cyclists. Put your cell phones down, don’t reach for that “necessity” in your car, please keep your eye on the road!

Cyclist’s PLEASE just assume drivers are not watching out for you. You can’t assume ANYTHING. Today another friend was hit and banged up pretty bad.

While I pray and am so grateful that it is not any worse than it is. I am ANGRY! I am so incredibly over hearing about my friends and their friends being hit, hurt, and KILLED by motorists … This SHIT HAS TO STOP.

WE HAVE TO TAKE CONTROL …

I pray each day anyone of my friends goes out for a ride … I worry more about my dear friends than even myself.

Coming up on the date of my accident the images play back. Some things never seem to fade. All I can ask is that you never forget that none of us are invincible. We can all be changed forever, life can change in milliseconds.

I was a fortunate one that I survived and am still walking. Some don’t and aren’t. 

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Pay Attention !!!

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Updates Abound

Well it’s long over do for an update on the blog. Life has been busy.

I had a wonderful trip to WI the last week of June to see my best friend Chrissy and her family. It was relaxing and so fun to hang out, go to the pool, play tennis, and just chill with friends.

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Then back to AZ and the triple digit temps plus training. Training has been going really well and is progressing. I am currently just working on building up a base with miles and a lot of strength & core work supplemented with some additional mileage on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill and cycling. All in all I am feeling really good, a bit tired at times, sore at others, but it is all part of the process.

 

 

 

 

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(photo of Brooks Ghost 6)… found at Sole Sports Running

I am so incredibly grateful to be back out training no matter what my body gives me, and I am taking it week by week. I do have some races on the schedule. A few 5K’s in Sept, a 10K and Half in Oct, a Half in Nov., and plan to run Tucson Marathon on Dec 8th. Very excited!!! I plan to head to Flagstaff a few times between now and then to get in some runs up in cooler temps until we start to see the temps drop down here in the valley.

I also am working hard on organizing some fundraising campaigns for my book. Yes, most know I am writing a book. A book about courage, perseverance, determination, and overcoming adversity. This is not just about running but about what it takes when you are faced with steep mountains most think are impassable. It is a book about coming back to life physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I am so grateful and excited for what the future has in store and I am really excited to share my journey with all of you!

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In my spare time “haha” when not (working at Sole Sports, training, writing, coaching, and working on some other new entrepreneurial endeavors with my non-profit) I have a new goal for myself. Read more!!!!! New goal, “take the time to read two to three pleasure books a month” … I even went and got a library card. (Thanks Jen!). I don’t think I had been in a library since college, and that was 14 years ago. CRAZY!!!!

 

Well, that is all for now. Hope everyone is having a FANTASTIC SUMMER!!! Live each day to the fullest and take NOTHING for granted. 😉

Cristin

 

 

Re-discovered Passion

Today I re-discovered how much I love the bike. So many mixed feelings about the bike over the last 2 years plus. Two good friends killed, accident after accident where cyclists were hit and sometimes left BUT I read something this week from an old training journal. It said “get back on the bike, remember your roots and never forget your guardian angels”… I thought about it the whole week… thinking.. “Cristin, you have courage to do what others thought never possible, why are you so afraid to get back on the bike?” After many hours of thought I had no good answer. LOL

So this AM I pumped the tires back up on the single speed (only bike I still have) and decided to go for a ride. I wanted to go alone, it was just going to be me testing the waters. It was a BLAST!!!!!

I had so much fun, it felt totally normal, almost like I had never been away from the bike and I smiled the entire way. It was absolutely both exciting and even brought those happy tears knowing who was watching from above and knowing that they saw me smiling ear to ear.

I was shooting for a nice easy 40 mile ride. Well, 20 miles in I hit some metal and it punctured my back tire. Had to call Dad as the tire was shot and I didn’t have what I needed to repair it. Dad came to pick me up (his only comment was “why don’t you ride closer to our house next time” as I was about a 30 min drive from where they live”). He brought me a fresh hot mug of coffee and we laughed all the way back.

While it wasn’t the ride I had planned, in a lot of ways it was more meaningful and I am soon off to the bike shop to get a new tire so that I can be back on the bike in the next day or two.

“We never know where we will be taken on the journey, but life has lots of surprises” … Happy Holiday Weekend!

(pic taken back when I was riding in WI)