We know we need to de-clutter and get rid of our stuff before we take off on our RTW journey. Our mantra is “If it won’t fit on a boat, we don’t need it.” For the most part, we are ready to get rid of everything we own. Now. However, we are still a few years away from living on a boat, and we still live in a huge house (which we are selling in the spring.) And so, we plan to continue to use the stuff we have until we downsize. Logical, right?
BUT… we still have stuff we DON’T use!
We have had a bicycle collecting dust in our garage for 8 years. Her name is Raleigh. Raleigh and I spent a LOT of time together training for triathlons. A LOT of time. I trained for and completed Ironman Canada with Raleigh in 2002. Ten years ago. She was my partner before I met my husband. In fact, she joined us on our second date – cycling around White Rock Lake! She was probably the reason we connected as well as we did. Matt and I both love(d) cycling. Matt and I did the MS 150 together with Raleigh in 2003. Nine years ago. But Raleigh hasn’t been ridden since Matt and I got married in 2004. It is time to let go.
She was an important part of my past, but we are moving forward with our dream, and Raleigh needs a new home. She needs a new partner who will love her and ride her and maybe meet even use her to meet a new partner. I think I haven’t been ready to let go because she represents a part of my past. But I am ready now. I am ready to part with the past so we can move forward with our dream.
Raleigh will be missed. Not really. I mean seriously? She’s been hanging in the garage for eight years. She is a bicycle. The idea of Michelle, the triathlete, is what I will miss. Time to reinvent myself as Michelle, the sailor. Let’s do this!
UPDATE: Raleigh went to a new home today (8/17/12) – Someone just starting out in triathlons… she seems really happy to have her. She said she would even send me a picture. haha.