B+B Owner – what time do you want breakfast? 5am?
Me – Its ok. I don’t like a cooked breakfast. If you leave out cereal and milk then I’ll have that.
B+B Owner– Are you sure? How about tea and coffee?
Me – No thanks! You don’t need to get up. Cereal will be great.
B+B Owner – As long as its not an issue….
Me – Thanks! Ill be happy with the cereal. Enjoy your lie in!
When I got home I rated the B+B on tripadvisor. “1 star – No cooked breakfast!!”
If that review was true (the story is but the review isn’t) then you’d think the B+B was terrible. The review is a snapshot but its not the full story.
Similarly a picture at a race is a snapshot that doesn’t give the full story.
We both look fit and happy. It doesn’t show that we both had a heavy cold.
We’ve been doing this race since 2011. My first attempt at it was on a hybrid bike and it took nearly 7 hours to cover 81 miles. Since then we’ve been back every year. Our times have got better but there has been one constant – Andrew always beats me.
This year I thought I’d win. I didn’t. He dropped me at mile 20. I tried to catch up but when I pushed hard my chest would seize up and I’d have to cough.
I accepted it wasn’t going to be my day. The rest of the race was spent at a steady non coughing pace. I finished with a personal best so I can’t complain….too much.
The next day I felt rough so I worked at home. I felt much better for doing so.
When I got back to the office on Tuesday nobody believed I felt rough. My boss said: “But you and your brother look fine in the picture!”