|Preparing for an adventure|
|Limping with 100 metres to go|
|Well, we do dress alike...|
There are many lessons gained from any quest and two stand out about this one: perseverance and preparation. No matter what, you have to keep going and your preparation will pull you through. One of my favourite quotes is from Muhammad Ali: "The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights." It's as true for this goal as it is for my goal to write a book.
Another lesson I learned a long time ago comes to mind: always appreciate and show gratitude for friends and family (and strangers) who help you along the way – thank you all. There was a sign along the course that said, "If Oprah could do it, you can." Thanks Oprah, I did.