On October 6, 2007, due to Jessica’s mimosa-induced suggestion we participated in our first triathlon — the Watauga Lake Triathlon. Prior to the event, we researched a training schedule and trained just about every day for 60 – 120 minutes. Several nights, LA Fitness turned the lights off on us while we were in the pool getting in our last laps at 11PM.
8 weeks later, we were both at the starting line at the Sugar Grove Baptist Church. We swam 1000 meters, biked 21 of the most beautiful miles that any Autumn has had to offer yet, and ran / jogged / crawled, and perhaps cried, for 5 more miles. At the finish line, and after some hydration, and with the help of my trusty sidekick Sasha the Bavarian Creampuff, I proposed to Jessica. She said yes, but I had to ask nicely twice.
For the tri, we stayed at The Mast Farm Inn, a B&B near Boone, NC that Jessica found online. While we both laid in the room relaxing to simultaneous professional massages, I suggested coming back one year from then to The Mast Farm for our wedding. Jessica said yes, again.
“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet.”
– Still Life With Woodpecker, Tom Robbins
Thanks to fellow red-head Kendra Waycuilis Wardlow for first turning me onto this book by Tom Robbins.