For those of you who know me well, you know I absolutely love animals! It’s not just my two snuggly cats- I pretty much love everything furry or feathered. I’m designing my 2014 wall calendar now with 12 cool animal pictures taken by my husband, Tom. Of course they include my two cats, but also zebras, raccoons, deer, prairie dogs, polar bears, and lemurs. : )
With the coming of cooler weather, the animals outside are starting to get more active. This week, I saw dozens of squirrels and chipmunks on the trail, their mouths full of nuts for winter storage. Tuesday, I almost hit a chipmunk on my bike. It squeezed between my bike and Chris’ bike when we were going about 18 mph! Very tight squeeze (I was waiting for the thump) but he made it safely to the other side and I didn’t crash. Yes, those furry, little creatures have been known to cause bike crashes.
Yesterday, I scared a groundhog and a deer by the road who were peacefully munching grass as I came whizzing down a big hill on my bike. I came up on them quickly and startled them. Thankfully, they both ran back into the woods and not into the road. That would have been a horrible crash as I was flying down a hill at about 30 mph!!!! Once again, thank you for your prayers for safety.
I walked for an hour on the trail Wednesday with my friend, Beth Ferguson.(yes, walking instead of running to rest my sore hip) A beautiful tabby cat found us and followed us for a while since we couldn’t resist stopping to snuggle her. She had an old, ragged collar but looked too skinny to have an owner. I was beginning to think that we might be taking in our third stray cat if she followed me all the way to my car. But, she headed back into the woods making my husband very happy!
My last animal encounter wasn’t so nice, but it was actually a bug. An unidentified flying insect decided to fly into my biking jersey at the end of my 4 hour ride and sting my shoulder a couple times before I could stop and let him out. The welts alternated between burning like fire and itching like crazy for about 3 days. I guess I’m trying to toughen up for the big race in November by increasing my pain tolerance now.
Tomorrow, Chris and I start the big 5 week push in our training schedule before tapering down to race day. We have many hundreds of miles to go, but also many great conversations ahead! I sent out my sponsor letters this weekend. I’m hoping to raise $15,000 for Team Orphans by race day. If you didn’t get a letter, you can still donate! Go to www.teamorphans.com, click on donate, then on Rebecca. Have a great week!