It can be pretty hard to get going again once momentum is lost. It’s uphill for forever. There are rocks for forever, that shim under the right cleat makes it so impossible to clip in…

Just walk the bike.

Which is stupid in cycling shoes. And there are probably rattlesnakes at ankle height under those rocks. Those rocks that are in fact ridable on the big wheels.

So just ride the bike.

And hope many are within earshot because they must notice how good I am at whistling “Clementine” and Beethoven’s 7th. Being scared or frustrated while whistling is like keeping my eyes open while sneezing, I can’t.

For those who wonder about my silence, and now my reliance on metaphor (and also for the peanut gallery), here is a substantive update: I had hip surgery in October. I quit triathlon in January. I did not pass my comprehensive exams in January (my analysis of this is not stuff for blogging, but on the whole it is positive, because I will be smarter in the end). There was a breakup, which, these get obnoxiously more upsetting as they accumulate, regardless of how much the patterns within are reruns. I moved into my own place in February. I resumed running and cycling in February. I started climbing in March. I presented a paper at a conference in April and felt reasonably un-stupid, maybe even smart. I wrapped up a hard but rewarding semester in May, and promptly took a 5 day vacation in California:

I’m taking exams again in August… And my current favorite possession: resilience.

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  1. Kelly on May 23, 2013 1:00 pm

    Wait, that was a metaphor?

  2. Courtenay on May 23, 2013 6:02 pm

    Yes Kelly, a metaphor. Micro often presents metaphor for macro, even without thinking about it too hard. I can use more similes next time than just the sneezing one if you prefer. You are my peanut gallery after all.

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