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A recent issue of American Randonneur had an article written by a long-time randonneur about various occasions when he did not finish brevets. He included the above quotation, unattributed, and it stuck because it resonated with how I felt after the previous PBP, especially when listening to the stories of those who did succeed (this gives more history for the quotation).

These days, my brain is full of logistics as I get ready for this crazy travel agenda. Last night I quickly paged through a couple of the books out of a stack of travel guides my boss handed to me, which included a guide entitled Walking in the Ardennes. I'm not visiting the Ardennes, unfortunately, but as with gfrancie's suggestion of going on a walk along the Thames, this notion of a walking tour resonates with me. I have this feeling I'm going to want to go back to Belgium. I have this feeling I will be doing a lot of walking around over the next week. I love it.

As I finished my last PT session this morning and biked in to work, I was pleased to think that I've found satisfaction and meaning in the process of preparing for this PBP. Thus, regardless of the outcome, I have made peace with myself. I was most struck by this sentiment when telling the PT about how I'm the only person going back out of our 2011 contingent. There are some people who strongly desire to keep going with randonneuring, who will be back for their fourth, fifth, sixth, even seventh PBP (remember, they're 4 years apart). I don't know yet if I'll be in that camp, or if I, too, will be satisfied with just one completion.

I *do* know that there are a few other things on my near-future agenda, so for now it is most sensible to focus on the present and leave the dreams for upcoming months if/when life quiets down a little.



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Aug. 7th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
or another way of saying this..
"Success has many failures; failure is an option" - american raconteur
Aug. 7th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: or another way of saying this..
Hehe, cute.

Over on Social Media Site Brand F, there's some group called "Contrived Platitudes" that offer up equally incredible gems. :-)
Aug. 7th, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: or another way of saying this..
That sounds like the sort of thing I'd enjoy... if I was willing to touch that site.
Aug. 7th, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
Re: or another way of saying this..
Hey, they're on the tweet-thing, too, apparently!

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