|From our very first ride together in 2008 . . .|
|To finishing ALC together!|
I never imagined that two years after that first 100 mile ride we would have riden 5 more together.
I never imagined we would spend 7 days and 545 miles togther biking from San Francisco to Los Angeles together.
Samantha and I just "get each other" out on the bike. My weaknesses are improved my her strengths. There is never any pressure to ride a certain way. We can ride for miles without saying a word or we can spend 80 miles chatting away. With each ride we encourage each other to pull ahead or fall back if one of us is having a "off" day although we never get too far ahead without making sure the other is okay.
Over the last few years of riding together I have watched us both become stronger cyclists and enjoyed having someone to celebrate the milestones with. Whether it is 100+ degree heat, rain, wind, flat tires, etc you never know what kind of a ride you are going on when we are together. Funny things have a way of happening to us out on the road, all which provide great memories. Knowing she is out on the road with me pushes me when I don't think I can continue and gives me something to look forward to when I know I have 80 long miles ahead of me that day. I only wish we still could still bike commute together.
As I capped off what was probably my best and strongest year on my bike I thought the person who was beside me 99% of the time deserved some of the credit. I can only hope I have been able to help her as much as she helped me. I can't wait to see what adventures 2013 has in store for us!