The sounds of birds echoed the melodies that flood my head as I pedaled very hard all week-long. Oh yes I did put on the miles and faithfully kept to the training plan. Mostly I added extra time on the bike and rode the rest with Jim and Jeff who will come to Israel for the ALYN ride. In all it is a sad week that went by but one where I am proud to have conquered, the pains of body and the stress of the complications that piled up on an already stressful and tense period. Susan’s fall while walking the dogs, Grace’s cousin sudden death, Fernando Cuevas end of life, all contributed to burden my soul. In the end I find myself humming soft tunes that remind me of my promise to live life with gratitude for the many beautiful things and the loving people who are part of it.. and so it goes…..