I have become increasingly reflective since I returned from my 12,000 mile motorcycle journey. It has been wonderful to contemplate my place in the world and how I can lead a more meaningful and purposeful life.
Sometimes you have to look back to move forward with enlightenment. I continue to be extremely proud of my accomplishment of circumnavigating the United States in such a short time, setting numerous endurance records in the process. I never considered the possibility of riding Coast to Coast in just 40 hours and 35 minutes. It’s been interesting to know I accomplished something never before attempted.
So many friends have commented on how this endeavor has clearly established me as a badass (their word…not mine). However, I realize the difference between a badass and dumbass is razor thin. I clearly crossed it throughout this ride. Continuing to push myself after I hit the desert and the ensuing 124 degrees after 33 hours of riding wasn’t the smartest decision. However, I learned the first casualty of extreme fatigue is the ability to actually realize how exhausted you truly are. Pushing through complete exhaustion during a 24 hour run is not nearly as dangerous as riding a motorcycle for 40 straight hours with the throttle locked at 75 m.p.h. I realize how fortunate I am to be alive and I plan to enjoy every moment I am given.
My body is still recovering from the rigors of riding 20+ hours for most of 14 consecutive days. Achilles tendinitis in both feet has forced me to spend more time cycling and less time running. Although I’m extremely disappointed that my plans to run the Hartford and Marine Corps marathons are in jeopardy, I’m finding comfort and joy in preparing the runners I’ve been coaching for months for both marathons.
It is wonderful to be coaching such a large group of such committed and dedicated runners. As a coach, nothing is better than having runners follow my training plan and achieving PR’s in the marathon. I’m confident EVERY runner I am currently coaching will shatter their current personal best.
One runner wrote:
“Being coached by Rick Muhr has yielded negative splits and positive results!” -Penelope Hauck
Coaching runners, particularly charity runners, is one of the greatest sources of satisfaction and inspiration. I am so excited for our Marathon Coalition kick-off November 21st.
The 2014 Boston Marathon promises to be the most meaningful and best ever…perfectly aligned with where I currently find myself in life!