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A "blue collar" cyclist's adventures from the saddle of a bike.

A Time to Think

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b2ap3_thumbnail_PC080590.JPGThis morning I suited up for a ride and jumped on my single speed commuter. I reviewed my training plans in my mind, but I knew there'd be more going on for me than another training ride. 

I thought hard about whether to tell this story, but it speaks directly to the fact that 'real life' trumps any 'game' we play. And, truth be told, in the grand scope of things, cycling is just a game. When 'real life' shows up to remind you that you are just as vulnerable to sadness as you are to all the joys that your passions can bring. 

Recently, my wife Amy and I were delivered a piece of news that hit us both so hard we were rendered speechless. As many of you may know our family is comprised of the two of us and our two beautiful cats, or as our neighbors used to call them, our "fur kids". Some wonder how one can become so attached to an animal, but those who are lucky enough to share their lives with them know that the relationship becomes so much more than a human owning a pet. In our home our kitties, Betsy and Gray share their lives with us and we are better for it. A while back a casual visit to our vet for what we were sure would require a slight adjustment to our management of Gray's diabetes turned out to be much more. We were told that Gray has mouth cancer. It was as if we were kicked in the stomach. 

Lab reports have come back and our worst fears were true. He is plagued with an aggressive from of cancer that leaves us with very little time left with him. Many tears have been shed, but we owe it to him to make his final days the best he's ever had. Amy makes him Salmon every night and he gets to eat whenever he wants. Sometimes that means we have to sit with him while he eats, coaxing him to try a little more. We've had some good talks with him, thanking him for our time together and he looks back at us as if he knows what we're saying and it's as if he says it back to us with his eyes. 

My ride today was about more than hitting my heart rate zones and covering my loop in the time I had hoped. Today I did a lot of thinking, a lot of remembering, some smiling, and some crying. 

Thank you Gray for being the coolest cat I've ever known. I'm so glad I got to spend 10 years with you. It wasn't nearly enough, but it was so much more than I could have ever asked for.

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I love ya buddy.

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A "blue collar" cyclist's adventures from the saddle of a bike.

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    http://www.pavegreen.org/vioper/5667 Helen H. Saturday, 08 December 2012

    It is so hard to say good-bye to your friend--I'm sorry you and Amy have to be so sad--you have memories of Gray--take care--Love, Aunty Helen

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    explanation Ryan Kratochvil Sunday, 09 December 2012

    Sorry to hear about this man. :(

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    УЄltere frauen flirt MarkS Sunday, 09 December 2012

    Every time we lose a little friend the house seems empty for months even though we still have other kids ,Hang in there

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    Mike Vesely Monday, 10 December 2012

    Powerful piece Tim. Having this kind of perspective only adds to you passions and more importantly, you as a person. Hang in there. Thoughts, prayers, and good vibes being sent to you and Amy.

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    Amy Monday, 10 December 2012

    Thanks to all of you for your caring and thoughtful comments. It is greatly appreciated. Tim and I are really thankful for all of the wonderful ways that people have shown us understanding and support.

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    steve Saturday, 15 December 2012

    The philosopher Meister Eckhart wrote that "Every creature is a word of God." That's how I have always seen them. Since childhood, they filled me with awe and wonder. And, yes, they were my teachers and playmates. But, above all, with their presence and love, they were evidence to me of the nature of the sacred--an intimation of divine omnipresence. I like what my late friend and Nobel laureate Konrad Lorenz said about humans in terms of our aggressive behavior toward our own kind, and cruelty to animals: "Far from seeing in man the irrevocable and unsurpassable image of God, I assert...that the long sought missing link between animals and the really humane being is ourselves." Dr. Michael Fox

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    Rich Wednesday, 19 December 2012

    Sorry Tim and Amy. Tim, you may recall two years ago, on a very cold Sunday morning six hour ride on hwy 23 . . . I came home to find a new cat. The cat has adopted me. I actually think often about that ride, and how the kids "snuck the cat home to stay . . ."

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