Step 24: Drag your excuses out into the light of truth.
"Excuses are like armpits; everybody's got a couple and they stink." - Make Warnke, Comedian
This weekend, I had a lot of chances to make excuses. I would have missed some great times if I'd given in to them.
Last week, I signed up for a 5k I'd never done before. The Making Tracks 5k is at Anniston Army Depot. I almost didn't sign up because of the unfamiliarity with that area of the county. (Y'all know I hate getting lost.) After getting about 5 different sets of directions by e-mailing someone at the depot and talking to friends in ARC who've done the race, I nervously hit the road Saturday morning. Yes, I found it without getting lost.
The weather was perfect and the course was gorgeous. The trees were lush and green. Part of the course took us around a pond. I wanted to stop and take pictures so badly. However, I did restrain myself so I could finish the race in a respectable time (for me anyway).
Well guess what? I've now got my first piece of hardware. That's right, I took second in my age class. Yes, there were a lot of "WTH?" looks when my name was called. I didn't care. I cheered for myself. So what if there were only two in my age group. I'm proud of my medal. It gives a message which is that all the ladies in the 40-44 age bracket who stayed in bed and made excuses for not coming to the race can SUCK IT!
Sunday, I went to a ride/cookout with Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association. When I first saw the announcement of Facebook, I started to ignore it because I figured it was just for members; it wasn't. Well, my next excuse was "my worship leader probably won't let
me off from practice for it." He did. Then it was, "Well, I only know one person at this thing. I'll most likely end up riding alone." I did only know one person, but I met a lot of nice people and I didn't ride alone. We rode from Germania Springs Park in Jacksonville to the Eubanks Welcome Center in Piedmont and back-- a total of almost 21 miles. I'd not ridden that far in one sitting since last year, but we did it.
Because I didn't let excuses get in the way, I had a weekend full of fun, memories, and sore muscles. See y'all in a couple of days.