Fail: No sense in sugar coating it. This’s is not exactly the post/race update I’d thought I’d be providing. I learned today that unfortunately, the only real way to push our limits and know we have found them, is to give it everything and fail. Today I had my first ever DNF (did not finish). I’m disappointed but not really all that upset. I know I went as far as I could today. 70.3 isn’t my limit, but today it was. PD is revealing things to me and challenging me in ways I just couldn’t have predicted. Bottom line: It’s great to say “I have Parkinson’s, it doesn’t have me” but its just not going to be that easy. PD made that painfully clear today. I have to adjust my training, my timelines and yes even my expectations. I really appreciate all the notes and thoughts and prayers I’ve received since starting out on this journey. I thought a lot about them today as I sat rather pitifully on the side of the road. I may not of finished today, but I never would have even started if not for all the support I have around me. You’ll never know how much that means to me.
It be nice to finish this with some cool quote about failure being a stepping stone to success. Frankly, I’m tired, I’m sore and I think I’ll just take a day or two off and then get back on the bike.