Happy Birthday to me!
I celebrated my 33rd birthday on May 9th, and it was a great one. It fell on a Thursday, so the day started as any typical week day would… My son was off to school, I had my breakfast of champions, oatmeal, 2 whole eggs, 5 whites, pineapple, and 2 scoops of protein, and then getting ready for the day. I didn’t know what was on the agenda but Michelle told me to dress in gym attire. We got on the road after making a stop for coffee, I was headed towards Nashville and that’s all I knew. I am not big on surprises and never expect an acknowledgment of my birthday but she always seems to celebrate in some way I never expect. We drove and drove and went straight through downtown. At one point the story was, we were getting tattoos. Now listen, I have a tattoo, but I will say this, I am not fond of it anymore, when presented with the option of that being my surprise I had a decision to make, is she serious?? Should I do it??? Yep I am…. After passing downtown and continuing to drive I knew I was safe from permanent ink I might regret. It was a beautiful drive as we took a left turn down a long drive way titled Adventure Works. Michelle had scheduled an Aerial Trekking and a zip line tour! Aerial trekking was a challenge. There were a lot of upper body obstacles, but you also constantly keep a tense lower body. Having worked quads the previous day meant extra pain but I enjoyed it all the same. I challenged myself and my strength, was a coach to others, and got a good workout in! After completing the trek which included walking tight ropes, jumping logs, passing over swinging bridge, hopping logs, and rope swinging, we got ready to zip line.
We harnessed up and followed our instructors to the first line. We zipped ten total, one being over two football fields long. Some were fast, some were very scenic, and there was even a couple’s jump.
The day couldn’t have been more perfect. I was pleasantly surprised and although I don’t like making an ordeal for my birthday I do appreciate being surprised by something challenging and athletic. Train hard and wide open! Sean Barber