Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Tomorrows bike ride

  First of all I want to say I spend hours yesterday reading journals and crying.  They were all so touching and sad.  Everyone did such a good job.  Bless you one and all.

   Tomorrow is my bike ride to finish the trail.  Thursday is my birthday.  It has rained and been cloudy all weekend and I only got to ride once to get ready, but the ride tomorrow is shorter then the other stretches.   35.8 miles total.  My husband wants to ride some in Missouri so it may end up longer.   I am ready for any problems this time.  We are leaving early in the morning and getting our motel room first so we don't have to carry our clothes and then hopefully will be on the trail by 10.  It should take us around 6 hours to do the ride with stops and all which will give us time to wash up and then go out to eat at the Deli Depot and get my t-shirt.  The weather is suppose to be cooler then they first said, so I am not sure what to wear now.  Layers so I can take them off as it gets warmer.  Now it doesn't sound like it will even hit 80.  Fall is coming rapidly.  So not ready to give up the riding.  Might try that spinning class to see if I like it.

   52 years old.  My mother died 13 days after her 52th birthday.  I keep thinking, this is how my mother felt.  This is how she enjoyed things,  this feels so young to die.  It has been on my mind alot. 

   Getting to this age has spurred me on to getting in better shape even though my mothers illness had nothing to do with her being in bad shape.  My mother was a smoker though and not physically active at all except work.  Maybe in the back of my mind is some fear of this age.  I always joke I am in my twilight years in my family.  Few if any have hit 70.  Can I change that?  I can try......

   Now for something lighter.  Isn't this colt so cute.  Showing off for us yesterday so I had to get some pics.



lazarai said...

Yeah, you CAN change it. My father did -- his folks both died in their 50s. He vowed to stay in shape and live a healthful life. I'm happy to report that he is now 85 and works out at the gym daily. He is a senior Olympian, as well, and he may be the only person I've ever met who eats the recommended number of fruits and vegetables daily, possibly even more!

Happy birthday....and many, many more!
:) Carol

xxroxymamaxx said...

I hope your bike ride is the best yet!  Have fun and good luck. : )  Hugs and GBU, Shelly

lanurseprn said...

Wow your bike ride sounds like so much FUN!  I hope you take your camera <hint hint>.  
Your mom was very young to have passed.  But, you will not follow her footsteps.  You are a healthy vibrant lady and you have a lot of years left.  You take care of yourself and are very active.  I wish I had your energy, Julie!
I know that this Bday will be tough.  But, celebrate it like you do the others.
Hugs to you....Pam

nelishianatl said...

I KNOW you can make it because you have a positive attitude and you're doing the right thing.  This stuff works if you work it!  I loved the picture of the colt!  Playful and beautiful.

inquestoftruth said...

It's normal to be thinking along the lines that you are...but you are doing all the right things to change things for your family.

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

That colt is a beauty...I am sorry that you have such anxity about your health and when you will die...I have experienced the same thing since my grandma passed away...it just makes you think about death..and being that you are now the same age...it is only normal you would think about it!!!...stay active and healthy...Hugs,TerryAnn

jckfrstross said...

have a safe trip:) and Happy Birthday early:)


siennastarr said...

My mom died when she was 57, and she smoked too.  She wasn't that active, but that was because she couldn't breathe enough to even walk across a room.  Sadly she died from a massive heart attack.  Took her life, just like that!  I never had the opportunity to tell her goodbye.  So sad.  Now that I am 53, I often wonder if I will die like that.  I'm in fairly good health at this point in my life, but that old heart thing scares me.  

Happy Birthday Julie... I know it's early yet.. but just in case you don't leave an entry on that day.. I want to make sure you know that I'm wishing you a Happy one!


springangel235 said...

Yes, all the tributes were wonderful...everyone did one awesome job.  I hope the bike ride went well, got to see in your next entry...and a very Happy Pre Birthday to you...may you have many more to come!!
Hugs and love,