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June 17th, 2009

10:45 pm
Can I Sleep in the Lobby?

I am so frustrated right now. I finally decided that I would crack open the wallet and spend the cash to go to the NFB convention in Detroit. I had a hard time reaching this decision for a combination of reasons. Basically, I'm cheap and didn't want to spend the money, Detroit is not a very appealing destination for me and the NFB kind of freaks me out. To be fair, I'm not crazy about ACB either, but NFB freaks me out a little more. Don't get me wrong - they do great things for the blind community as does ACB. They just kind of come off weird and militant and I don't feel comfortable with the organization. But, I have friends who are going to the convention and I do enjoy getting to cruise through the exhibits and check out all the latest blindy technology so I have no doubt I will enjoy myself even if I'm not totally on board with the organization.

So, I bought a plane ticket then got on the phone to reserve a room. Turns out I should have checked on a room first because they AR all booked up. Oops. No worries though. I'll figure something out. I just got word of a friend of a friend who is looking for a roomie, so maybe that will work out. I'm not crazy about sharing a room with a stranger, but it's not like I'll be in the room much anyway. I'll survive I guess. Who knows? I might even like the chick and end up with a new friend. It'll work out in the end I guess. I'm kind of nervous about it right now though. I'll feel better once I'm sure I have a place to stay.

Dad and I took a 60 mile ride on Sunday. It was awesome. It was our first attempt at 60 miles so I was expecting to struggle. The first time we did 50 miles, I thought I was going to die. But for some reason, the jump to 60 miles was a snap. I could've gone 70 or 80 miles and still been OK. It felt really good. I can now say with confidence that my goal of doing a 100 mile race in October is totally doable. I have always thought I could get there but part of me wondered if I was being too ambitious with my 100 mile goal. After Sunday, I have no doubt that I can do it. It's as good as done. I am going to kick ass.

Speaking of ass, I think the main reason that the ride on Sunday was so successful was that I didn't have the usual ass pain. It turns out that not only can we get more power by doing some standing while pedaling but there is the added benefit of ass relief. We were only off the seat for 5-10 seconds at a time, but even that little bit of a break from the seat made my ass feel 100 times better. I was never worried about having the leg to do 100 miles, but I couldn't figure out how I was going to get through the ass pain. Now I get it. Problem solved. I am so pumped. That cycling clinic at the Endeavor Games saved my ass, literally.

The news story that I was rambling about regarding the Endeavor Games and my friend Benny is on the News 9 web site. you can check it out here. There is a link near the top of the page to play the video. It really is a good story. Benny is the man.

That's all I've got on my mind for now. I guess I'd better get some sleep. Later.