I guess many challenges can appear tormentous, but then there is another saying "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Twist that thought for a minute and one challenge can seem absurd to one and doable to another. Our minds combined with social etiquettes can limit and obstruct us from growing, when really what can seem extreme is just a matter of a mind shift.
I find myself entering a marathon because one organiser out of 9 accepted my absurd request to take a tyre with me. Now in comes the realisation that in order to attend the event there are a number of challenges I will face:
1. America is big and foolishly assumed that there would be a direct flight from one State to another. However flying in the States is like taking a bus or train in the UK. I discover there is no direct flight to the place, instead I will have to do a stop over, using an airline (United) that I know has had so many hickups in the past that I might not arrive there at all. To ensure I have a good level of stress, I will need to catch the last flight of the night from my stop over station.
2. If all goes well I will arrive in West Virginia at 23:33 and if my baggage comes out on time, I will be able to pick up my rental car before mid-night or otherwise find myself trying to hitch a ride as the car rental will be closed by midnight. (yes I have attempted to see if I can hook up with anyone else - but who wants to give a ride to a gal with a tyre?)
3. If all is still going well and I get my car rental, then I should be able to arrive at least by 2am at Williamson, assuming I don't get lost and the GPS does not fail me.
4. Unfortunately I've not been able to find any accomodation as I've been told a number of times "There is a big event happening over the weekend!" Instead will now see if I can just pull up into the venue's car park (apparently is closed for the event) and sleep there for a 5am registration. This would be useful as I could register and then get one more hour's kip before the race starts at 7am.
5. I figure if no-one talks to me and the signage is adequate - all I have to do is expand physical energy. I should be okay. Breakfast? Well I will have enough fat to burn from having eaten the last couple of weeks. Or otherwise if I remember, I will have shopped beforehand and bought some bread/cake to devour before the event.
6. After the event I will attempt to have a short rest before driving back to the airport to take a series of flights out of the US so that I can work the next day in the UK. So apologies to my readers. I will be writing my next entry on the 19th June due to work and probably trying to recover from the dreaded jet lag.
I feel uncertainty but will continue to think Country Roads......
Now Bring it on! Sing it out Johno....