Friday, December 21, 2007


In adventure racing, TRANSITION is defined as the location and time it takes the team to move from one discipline to another. Each minute is precious and it is ideal to have a smooth, fast transition. You should get in, change clothes and gear, eat, grab the essentials for the next leg and get out with no mistakes and no lost time. This is something that can be planned for ahead of time and organization and practice can perfect the transition into a "flowing discipline of grace."

In life, TRANSITION is defined as the movement, passage, or change from one state to another; such as the transition from life in the wilds of Alaska to life in the wilds of Orange County, California. Unfortunately for me, this has been anything but a "flowing discipline of grace." So many things happened and changed in my world during the three months I was away and it hit me like brick wall upon my return. Family, friends, work, racing, and training all succumbed to the never ending evolutionary state of life and it has been overwhelming. This is something that I did not plan for and practice ahead of time and I must admit that this TRANSITION is not flowing smoothly with no mistakes and no lost time.

However, the "race" of life goes on and I'm beginning to find the flow again. Some time on my bike, some time with family and friends, and some time reflecting on the wondrous serenity of Alaska (and the ability to return there if needed) reminds me that each minute is precious and I must learn and adapt to the world around me.

Unfortunately I am unable to write stories about our time in Alaska and I have no photos to share. The story, my photos and my journal will all be revealed in April on the Discovery Channel and their website. But you might check out the Discovery Channel on December 26. They are supposed to preview next year's shows and I'm not 100% sure, but there might be a preview of "The Alaska Experiment." Let me know if you see it as I will be traveling home to Texas on the 26th to spend some much needed time with my entire family and school friends. But if you can't wait until April to hear about it, let's do lunch or go for a ride and I will give you a preview! :)

Hugs and Happy Holidays!!


The German said...

Indeed ...stopping is often harder than keeping going !

I spent a month rambling about the Himalya about 10 years ago. The culture shock WASNT in Nepal was coming home to Glasgow. Think it took about 6 months for me to settle down again.

Have a great Christmas I am looking forward to the show airing the the UK !

Lucas said...

Merry Christmas! I hope that you have a great time with your family and I look forward to seeing you at the races...maybe..? Josh told me that you may have other plans! Enjoy the holiday!

Adam Lisonbee said...

Wow cool. that had to be an incredible experience. I can't wait to see the show on TV.

Hope all is well.

LyndaW said...

I find the magnitude of difficulty in assimilating back into real life is directly proportional to how fabulous the trip was...

Welcome back. It is nice to have your happy self among us again.