I used to be a couch potato. No, really. There were butt prints on my couch. Actual butt prints. Actually, that’s not true. There was a butt print, because I always sat in the same place. Like Sheldon, I had the spot that didn’t have the glare, got the natural light from the window and the perfect angle on the TV.
Over the last 8 or 9 years my life changed drastically, and I no longer even own a couch, let alone one with butt prints. I have become a geek about movement partly because good movement feels so great, but mainly because all the little geeky movement things that I do allow me to have more fun living life. I used to think that I should “get in shape”, because it was “good for me”. Those are very true, but very vague sentiments that had no real connection to my life.
Ten years ago, I could have never imagined a scenario that actually occurred in 2017, one that took me far beyond my couch. I want to spend a few posts talking specifically about what I do and the experiences that opened up for me. (Besides, at the end of 2017, it’s an excuse for me to look back on one of the biggest highlights of the year for me.)
In about February, a couple of friends of mine were discussing doing a bike tour in Europe. It took me about a half a day to agree to join them (or invite myself along… the details blur a bit). With the planning that quickly ensued, we soon realized that we had just three months to prepare for 7 days on the bike, including an Alps crossing.
And so training began.