I shared this picture and a little blurb on our social media feeds this weekend, but I felt like it needed more attention than just a quick post.
When I was younger, I remember coming across an article by Mark Weir that discussed his general training for mountain bike racing. In the article, he mentioned that one way he was able to get more ride time was to ride to and from the trails. At the time I was living with my parents and just getting into mountain bike racing. After reading the article I remember fantasizing about the ability to actually gear up, leave my front door, and ride to the trails for a shred session. Our house was a 20 minute drive to the nearest trail, so it just wasn't possible, for a number of reasons. I simply continued to read more articles and dream.
The notion of getting from point A to point B via self propelled locomotion has always been an obsession of mine. So when I would conjure up scenarios of myself cruising down the road, day dreaming, getting my ride in at the trails, then heading back home utterly exhausted, held a special place in my heart.
Fast forward to Saturday afternoon.....As I was leaving Palmer Park headed back on the 15 min or so cruise back home, I started up at Pikes Peak and suddenly came to the realization that I was in fact living out that dream that started so long ago. Then it hit me again, I had been living out this dream for sometime with out realizing it. Living in Colorado Springs, I can ride to almost any trail with just a 15-25min door to trail time. Its truly amazing. As it sank in over the ride home, this realization kept hitting me like a ton of bricks. I even started to think back to my years at ETSU (East Tennessee State University) where we had on-campus trails and that my friends and I were the ones responsible for building and maintaining.
After mulling it over, I realized how funny it was that sometimes we attain a goal or realize a dream in life without realizing we have done so. In today's society, we tend to get caught up in attaining one goal after the other after the other, that we sometimes forget that after a while, we have actually achieved, and in many cases, exceeded those dreams and goals.
So with that, whatever you used to dream about when you were little, whoever you fantasized about being, or whatever you still dream of doing, Steph and I implore you to pursue that dream with unadulterated abandon. I know that is a cliche that has been beaten to death time and time again. Is chasing dreams easy? No, certainly not. But has anything in life that is worth while ever come easy? The life lessons that are talked about over and over, such as this topic, are continually revisited because people are continually finding new ways to live out their dreams. Chasing your dreams requires thinking outside of the box and having commitment to that dream. If you want it bad enough, you will find a way.
As a closing note on the story, I wanted to just say that realization of a dream created as a child, as a college student, or created last year, is one of the greatest ways to feed your soul. And on the front side of that, the everyday pursuit of a dream bigger than yourself is the best fuel for the fire of your soul.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!
Have fun and be happy,
Geoff and Steph