Good for another 100,000 miles…
Today, I went to the doctor and had a physical. My last “free” one before Laura’s insurance runs out at the end of the month. To be honest, I was completely terrified of this one. It’s funny how whenever it’s time for a physical every bump, ache and fleeting pain seems like the big C. Know what I mean? I had the doctor double check things and they drew some blood. I don’t know the results of the blood work yet but things look good.
I did have some dark thoughts this past weekend. What if on the verge of going I get sick and we can’t leave? What happens to a dream deferred? All these doubts and fears creep in when you let your guard down and it’s so easy to let them eat at you and wear you down.
What I’m coming to understand with this slow march towards our launch date is that doing this sort of adventure is as much (if not more) a mental challenge than a physical one. Turning the pedals over is actually the easy part when compared to keeping fears and doubts at bay. There are fears of leaving a place we’ve grown so use to, fears of doing something “impractical”, fears of not knowing where you’re going to sleep or what you’re going to eat the next day.
Coupled with all those latent fears though is the whispered promise of some great highs and adventures. The prospect of climbing a mountain pass and looking down to an endless valley below. The giddy excitement of meeting wonderful and fascinating people on the road with their stories and life lessons to share. Risk and reward. The net disappears but the sky opens to infinity.
So far, things are good. I’m in good health. (It’s amazing how much these things matter just a little bit over this side of thirty!). I can’t wait to finally leave. All this preparation is mentally tiring. It’s so easy to psyche yourself out when you have the time to kill.
David Martinez June 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm
As long as you lay off the lumpia, and get more spicey tuna in – I think you’ll be fine!
I’m gearing up mentally to get my annual too. OK, going to make the call now… I got my Cobra back up and running thanks to mr. Obama’s aid.
Good luck on that trip, I can’t wait to see how you document it!
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Robert Harrison June 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm
I know how you feel. I recently had a stress test which gave some odd results. They asked me if I was having chest pains which I’d never had prior to being asked. 🙂 They schedule another stress test with imaging and I had pains until I took the test. Afterwards the pains went away, even before they told me my heart was normal. Two weeks of fear. Sigh.
I’m not sure why Laura’s insurance is running out, but if it’s because of termination of employeement and you can afford it you may be eligble for COBRA coverage.
Have a great trip. I’ll be following.
Russ June 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm
Yes, it’s amazing how psychological symptoms can be! I think if I sit long enough and concentrate on a particular part of my body it will eventually start developing some mystery pain.
Laura just got let go and I was on her insurance. We’re looking into COBRA but it is spendy, even with the Obama discount. We’re looking at other alternatives. Maybe just getting catastrophic as someone suggested, unless someone can recommend a good/reasonably priced provider.
ha1ku June 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm
LOLing @the lumpia comment. What’s wrong with a little lumpia? Pack some longanisa links and some of that fly lice!
Jack June 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm
I usually stop training a week or two before a big ride, to rest for one reason, but also so I don’t injure myself with little or no time to recover. Injury may be more likely on the road than illness, either would suck. Sounds like you have a lot of folks on the west coast following your trip who would lend a hand if anything came up.
WarmShowers is a great resource, lots of folks willing to help out in a pinch.
Have a great trip,
bikedate July 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm
i got a physical recently and my bike riding had dropped all my numbers into the good range. so barring an unfortunate genetic/environmental issue, i bet you’re doing great.
best of luck on the journey. i took three months once and drove around the country (barely got a taste of it – it’s a BIG country!). i’ll be following your posts. good luck!
Stephen Jones August 13, 2018 at 2:27 pm
Yes, it’s amazing what tricks the mind play on you, which result in ‘physical manifestations’! Anxiety attacks are fun! I did have a stress test, yesterday, and passed with flying colours.
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Will you be carrying any traveller’s insurance (like catastrophic coverage)? I can never decide on whether it is a good idea…