Thanks for getting me ready for my African adventure. Let me tell you, there’s absolutely no way I would have been able to stand up to the physical and mental rigors of the trip if it had not been for you and the staff helping me get my mojo back.
My roughly month long excursion included 3,200+ miles, 10-14 hour days of riding, little sleep, extreme temperatures and elements, constant risk of one kind or another, and absolutely required 100% mental focus at all times. Not to be over dramatic, but the mindset required for this trip was exactly the one you preach of “Show Up, Don’t Quit.” My British riding friends on the trip had their own typically British version stating “No matter how hard it is, best get on with it.” I don’t want to make it sound like this was anywhere near the level of Nolan or others that are in the service, or law enforcement, but for me, it was a visit back to the days when controlled aggression/assertiveness and a focused determination was the best defense against the situation.
I’m definitely looking forward to coming back in, I’ve lost approximately 20-25 lbs, much of it muscle, so I anticipate starting over from square one. This is OK, I’m eager to start pushing through familiar road blocks, then breaking through the new ones as well. One of the ways I tried to entertain myself was to wear my CrossFit Scottsdale shirt as much as possible and try to take pictures wearing it in interesting locations. I’m attaching a few pics, and definitely want to let you know I was representing everywhere I went. In fact, some of the other riders were asking me about it, several that had done some of the “P90X” or “Insanity” programs prior to coming. I told them about my experiences and success, and they mentioned it sounded light years beyond their training. I have a bunch more pictures, but due to the size limitations I’ve tried to just include the highlights. Let me know if you’d like me to send more over.