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A Best Friend

Most all of us have had at least one best friend.  I know I certainly have had several .  But, there is only  one friend I have had through the years that has seen me through more life experiences (and stood by me through those experiences) than any other person.  Her name is Penny.  I first met Penny when I joined a local health club because I was in desperate need of exercise and knew the only way I was going to get it was to pay for it.  (Guilt can be a tremendous motivator.)  I naively signed up for Penny’s spinning class thinking to myself, “How hard can it be to ride a stationary bike?”  Whoa.  Little did I know how challenging spinning could be and then to add Penny to the mix only magnified the difficulty by 10x.  Although that first class was very humbling, I knew I wanted more.  So, I signed up for Penny’s classes as often as I could, knowing that Penny’s way was the only way. It wasn’t long after I started spinning that I approached her about riding outside.  She kindly agreed and our first ride was a 24 mile trek on crushed limestone from Lincoln to Eagle.  (For those of you familiar with the extensive trail system in Lincoln, NE, we rode the MoPac trail.)

Standard issue: double latte in a "to-go" cup

Fast forward ten years later and thousands of cycling miles behind us, Penny and I are still riding, laughing, drinking coffee and yakking it up.  Sometimes, Penny can make me laugh so hard that I cry.  Frequently, in the late evening, I’ll find her logged on and we’ll start iming about the day’s activities.   It is almost inevitable that our “conversation” will digress and Penny will have me howling.  It is for this reason that I have asked Penny to be my road manager for “Piano-in-Tow“.  I know she would be fantastic at engaging the students and keeping me in line.  Now all I have to do is convince her to say yes!

P.S.  I have also been pestering Penny to write a guest post for this blog.  So, stay tuned…