The last sunset

I was washing my bike when it happened. Completely immersed in the detail and stunning badassery of the machine I call Spartacus. I almost didn’t even notice the darkening.  Right over the horizon it went. It was, frankly, rather unremarkable. It just happened like it does every single night. Except tonight, the sun set on my 40s. Whoa.

There was a time I couldn’t imagine being 50 years old. It seemed so…OLD. Of course, on the eve of the half-century mark I know what horse crap that is. Perspective is everything, right?

I thought I would dread the day. I thought I would spend the whole year of 49 thinking, “OMG, I’m about to be 50! How is this possible?” Instead, I’ve kinda been too busy to get too worked up about it!

Life is like that, right? It’s what happens while you’re busy making other plans. It’s what happens between the dashes that are left when it’s over. As they say, whoever “they” are, time flies. Catch it while you can, I say. Use every 86,400 seconds of each day you’re given.

So tomorrow, I’ve taken the day off of work. I’m going to climb on my bike with one of my very favorite people and I’m going to ride. It’s a birthday tradition we have — riding as many miles as years. This will be my first ‘milestone ride.’ I’m going to feel the wind on my face, and be grateful that my body still moves well enough to do it. I’m going to ground myself in gratitude for a remarkable life full of amazing souls.

And when the sun sets on August 10, 2017, I’ll toast it as the start of the next half century. Look out. Here I come.


I’m Cheap.

Ok, ok. There, I said it.

I wore my first pair of bike shoes for 9 YEARS.

I buy one pair of black and one pair of brown dress shoes at a time and wear them pretty much every day until my feet turn on me.

Getting a designer label at a consignment store for cheap is my kind of shopping thrill. (I hate shopping.)

Always celebrate a deal, friends.

Always celebrate a deal, friends.

Is being cheap a bad thing? My mama taught me to live on $25 a week and I could do it now if I had to. Wait, gas is $3.40 a gallon, I take that back. Suffice to say, I definitely got my money habits from Mom.

Don’t spend what you don’t have. If you want something, save for it. Credit cards are evil. Buy something and use it completely, 100%, all the way up!”

See above: bike shoes.

Truth is, I’ve spent what most people would consider an insane amount on my bicycle fleet and gear. Good grief, my sport requires $200 shorts (which I try to find on sale, of course!) So, I’m really not cheap about everything.

Guru road race bike "Dalai" Niner mountain race bike "Jethro"

Guru road race bike “Dalai”

Niner Jet9 mountain race bike "Jethro"

Niner Jet9 mountain race bike “Jethro”

A great conversation starter the other day with my friend, Steve, spawned this confession. He asked a group of friends: What are you cheap about? What won’t you spend money on? Then he asked: What do you splurge on? Money is no object if you want _______?