I was supposed to cook dinner for a girl tonight but it didn't work out. Ohhh!... She's hot and cold! Huey Lewis... anyone??
Anyway, so I had the stuff and I just prepared it for myself. A lonesome endeavor. Sad. But the dish was and is supreme.
Seared Ahi Tuna steak over a bed of baby greens with fresh fruit
The key is that it's cold stuff and hot stuff all togther. I prepped the baby green salad and strawberries and blueberries and chilled them while I was searing the tuna, roasting the walnuts, and steaming the carrots. When it was all together, I plated it then drizzled olive oil and lemon juice over everything and -BAM-! Awesome.
It's been a lot of business- pronounced, "busy-ness"- for me lately. Busy at work. Busy at home. Lots going on. Lots of good stuff... and a little bad.
First the singular bad: Had a pretty gnarly crash-up on my road bike that I've been trying to get over. I was roaring down a long descent into a tight left-hander and had it all lined up until I hit the little piece of gravel. Strava says I went down at 40 mph. I slid a long ways and lost a lot of skin. Leg. Butt. Arm. Hand.
It may sound funny, but I enjoyed it because I'd already decided to. I remember thinking, "When am I going to stop sliding???"
It was a great day all-in-all. Except I ruined my classic Colavita kit- Booo!!
Cara and I have been making a lot of bracelets for the SHS riders. Those kids are awesome and they are really digging the bracelets. That makes me happy.
There is so much more I want to do.
I was served a lucky twist of fate. What do I do with it? I felt a little off center today and so I am going to find myself on The Bulldog tomorrow. It's my place to recenter.
At my core, I am an explorer. I live to discover. New lands. New music. New beliefs, philosophies, or ways of doing things. New trails! The moment of discovery is an exhilarating experience- one that can not be duplicated.
Consider that I did my very first barefoot forest hike this weekend. It's something I'd never thought of, but it was incredible! More about that later. Here's the vanguard discovery of the weekend:
Cara showed me some amazing trails I never knew existed.
We rode for an hour (or 3) up to a beautiful vista where we stopped for a refreshment and pondered the landscape below.
We could see the trail network we'd ridden across stretched out below us. It was like looking down on a live trail map.
The air was crisp. The sky was blue. The beer was cold...ish.
So much of what we are comes from what we experience. I felt a little more alive than I ever have before after this day.
Then I did a fantastic ride with some fast dudes in town. We rode to Keystone and back. 50 miles and 5000 feet of elevation gain. That's Epicy, I think.
Then I was shown a place where the moss growing on the rocks right in front of me was just as spectacular as the view of the peaks of The Hills. And... Oh!.. there's the clouds! Epic scenery.
I had several "I live here" moments this weekend. Maybe it wasn't all as epic as I make it out to be. But for me, sitting here Sunday night, I feel like sometime in the history of the future there will be a tale told about the adventures I had this weekend.