Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Level

Today has been a better day, although it looked like another ugh when I tried to leave the city for Woodinville this morning. It took me 25 minutes just to get on 520, which is about how long it typically takes for the entire trip. I stuck with it, though, calling my instructor to see if I should still come, and by the time she called me back to say "come along," I was literally 30 seconds away from the barn.

And then, I had an awesome ride. There was nothing particularly outstanding about the lesson itself—nothing more than walk-trot-canter around the arena, and over two poles on the ground, but somewhere along in the middle of the trotting, I stopped being aware of the effort of posting (rising and falling in the saddle with the gait of the horse), and sometime soon after I became aware that I had lost awareness, my body shifted into marathon mode for the first time in a year, and I felt like I could post forever. I wasn't even breathing hard—after probably 10 or 15 minutes non-stop—when I slowed down to walk a bit before cantering, and the cantering felt fluid and easy as well. I probably rode for about 45 minutes, but I felt like I could go on all afternoon.

So I figured why stop with horses? and I went rock climbing, for the second time this week, and started up our memberships again. And—I successfully completed a V-1!

And my eyes are better today. At least, my left eye is back to its pre-PET abilities, and my right eye is, I guess, as well.

So, yes, today has not sucked. It's day 20, and it seems that day 20 rocks.

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