Get up. Comeback. Restart.
Those words have been common around here for the last year and a half. When 10/8/17 happened, things shifted. Goals were set aside and rewritten.
Just a few months ago my son was finally given the all-clear to get back on the bike (cue the mom uncertainty complete with lots of “are you sure?”s and “how about stationary bikes?”s). He’d endured a terrible wreck that resulted in 3 surgeries and 7 weeks of PICC line infusion for bone infection, and a mid-semester drop from his freshman year at college over the past year and half.
Even as the doctor spoke the words he’s waited to hear, i could see him calculating a training plan. And then, these words as he sat on the exam table:
“Now its time for the comeback.”
And so this 19-year old kid of ours pedals…and pedals…and just keeps pedaling with hopes of adding a big buckle to his 2017 first-time finisher buckle.
Leadville isn’t just a “sign up and go” race. You enter a lottery with thousands of other hopefuls to luck into the list of racers. Most don’t get a lottery spot; and so the pre-work begins as you find qualify races to place high enough in your age group to earn an entry into the August 2019 LT100.
My kids entered the lottery. He didn’t gain entry. Qualify has become the goal. And so, he registered for the Austin Rattler mountain bike race. Comeback has begun; but sometimes comebacks require go backs.
Recently we heard some news about his qualifier race; they had changed course locations. The new location? Reveille Peak Ranch. The location of his 2017 wreck.
Coincidence? Nah. That’s too hard to believe. And so, the journey continues. The comeback now requires a go back. i got to thinking/praying on this idea. Sometimes i decide a comeback means no looking back…ignore, erase, forget the past. Only look forward. But sometimes the moving forward requires a visit to the past. An opportunity to overcome…to defeat something that feels like it has power over us still. i dunno, guys. i know i’m a lil scare and a lot excited to see what God has for this kid. He’s not scared, he’s ready to conquer the comeback even if it means facing down an enemy in the midst of it.
Do i face down my enemies in the past to complete the comeback?
Do i lean in and pedal harder, even when the path ahead looks eerily like the wreckage behind?
The comeback continues. The go back will teach us things. Keep pedaling, Braeden. And, this mom of yours will try desperately to learn some stuff about comebacks and go backs in her life, too.