― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
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Basically, I’m in full training mode for the mountain with a dedicated group of Cuencanos (through Club Sangay) who are equally pumped to be preparing for the peak. We train 4 nights a week and then get out once on the weekends, taking advantage of every topographic curve in Cuenca to push burning legs just a bit further. At times my ass is kicked, but thanks to the group mentality I’m right back there the next night. Not much more to say now, as what will happen remains to be seen and the variables on the mountain are many, but expect a full report upon my return.
We’re also feeling lucky to have a triple wave of globe-hopping family and friends heading south this Oct/Nov/Dec. to come and hang out. Lynsey’s brother (Kyle), sister (Kelsey), and good friend (Toni) just wrapped up a week here, and for all of them the first time out of the country! We’re proud and glad that all of them stepped out of their comfort zone, if even for a week, and hope that the trip opened up the world a bit. Most of all, just having friends and family live alongside us for a week and know us here, who we are now, means a lot to us. We’re thankful to all who put the time, money, and effort to understand and see our life, and we hope that you all have a helluva time here while you’re at it!