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Rewind <==> Worry less, Kayak (ie Train) more!

September 4, 2018




In November, I will be kayaking in the ocean. It's no joke!    In 2016, I did not properly train (despite the excellent training plan given).  Project Athena has awesome coaches. I just took for granted that I did so well in the 2015 adventure that I slacked on training. 


This year, I'm intentional and hopeful that I will be better disciplined about following the training plan.   (scroll back to January post)


I remember the humbling experience in 2016 because I needed a gentle push on my back (while on the bike) to get in front of the group (because I'd fallen behind).  I had to be placed in a kayak with one of the trail angels.   Mind you - in 2015, I was an Athena.   Ironically, I was stronger in 2015 than in 2016.  


It mirrors survivorship.   We come out of treatment ready to conquer the world -- feeling blessed and fortunate to be through / over one of the darkest periods in our life. Then, the day-to-day of life kicks in and we are sometimes taken down a notch or two.   We lose optimism and hope in the face of doubt and fear.  We require a gentle push on the back (a reminder from a friend/family member) of who we are -- what we've managed to do!    


While it's not pleasant to look back on the pain of a cancer diagnosis and treatment, it is good to remember how far we've come.  God is the same God yesterday, today, and tomorrow.


So, when I climb in the kayak or mount my bike in preparation for the Keys, I'm going to TRY not compare myself to the 2014 Carletta. But, I will aspire to be the best Carletta I can be!  





Here's to getting it right ....sticking to the plan as much as possible & high fiving my Project Athena family along the way!



Hugs & Love, CC




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