The week is almost here.
Back in February when my husband asked me if I would ride RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) with him this year, I did more than hesitate.
I did RAGBRAI for one day, while he did the entire week the summer of 1991 before we were married. I remember how awful I felt. But purchasing my bike three days before the ride, and riding only 20-some miles before that day, didn’t help much. But I was also 20-some years younger then, too.
I’m not a sleep-in-a-tent-for-six-nights kind of girl either.
Nor am I a stand-in-line-for-a-shower-each-day kind of girl.
I don’t like being too hot. Or too cold.
I like sleeping in my own bed, using my own bathroom, waking up to my own coffee.
The reasons not to do RAGBRAI were nothing short of selfish. Every single one of them.
So I got a grip, surrendered my selfishness, and said YES.
A month ago I seriously questioned my decision. But didn’t have the heart to back out on my commitment, nor on my husband.
So here I am. Facing a week-long journey across the state of Iowa, riding on a tandem bicycle with my husband.
We’ve mastered this tandem thing. We’ve trained. We’ve packed. We’ve acquired the gear needed for the week. We’ve made sure our home is secure with a house sitter and security system. We’re ready. Or at least we think we are.
Watching my husband be almost to the point of giddy. Yes, giddy. He’s like a little kid on Christmas morning. This is his thing. Biking. And I get a ring-side seat for it all for the next week. I’m so glad I didn’t say no.
Through our many miles and hours of training, I’ve watched our marriage transform into something deeper, more special, even greater. It was wonderful before, but it’s pretty incredible now. I can’t explain it, and I won’t even try. I’ll just be grateful. And I am.
We have our niece’s wedding today, and will travel to the second overnight stop tomorrow late afternoon. We’ll miss the first day of riding tomorrow. But Monday morning, we’ll be up bright and early, conquering and experiencing our first day of riding. 40.8 miles.
I’ll be posting updates here instead of my normal posts, providing my app works well! I can’t wait to share this experience with you!
Looking forward to this adventure! Thanks for journeying with me!