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Bike 4 Friendship 2017

July 02, 2017

Getting ready for the ride of my life

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It's my first shabbos in LA for a long time. The last time I was here may have been before the war. At any rate, I'm here, a week early, ready to get some riding in before the big start on Sunday.

You know, you would think I should be excited about such a trip. I mean it sounds epic in conversation, doesn't it? In theory, I should be awaiting Sunday with childlike glee.

But alas, such euphoria has not come upon me. Rather, in it's stead, a calm collectedness. A cool resolution to ride my way through the summer. That's all it really is, isn't it? Just riding along, spinning the  pedals. Just riding. Like I did on Friday, in Griffith Park. Up the mountain, down the mountain, up the mountain, and back down again. It was a nice ride, mind you, and I was at it all day. But I poured on the pain, grit my teeth, and went on with it. And it was a hell of day. It sure was......                        

 I don't like flying, I don't like packing, and I most certainly don't like breaking down my bike and shlepping it around in a box. It's inconvenient. It takes effort. It takes time from what could be spent training, sleeping, or working. It makes me nervous. Maybe that's a few of the reasons I cut down my traveling by a considerable amount this past year.

At any rate, you see where I am going with this. There are parts that aren't fun about this trip. I am delighted by the idea of spending half of my waking hours this summer on a bike. That's the fun part. Other guys to ride with, places to see, staff to support, new mountains to climb. But that's the glitz and glory of it all. Getting myself out of the house took a day for packing alone, between breaking down the bike and packing baggage. It was hard work! i guess it's part of the process. Part of the journey. A part of what makes this trip special.

Heading out to LA, a full week before the other boys. I might as well capitalize on this situation. Let's see what the city of angels has to offer. The plane is taking off.

Adventure, here I come!

By: Mordy Brafman