Sunday, February 14, 2010

MMBA Annual Meeting & Expo, Part 2

In Part 1 on the MMBA Annual Meeting, I discussed the goings on at the Meeting and Exposition. I arrived about 9 am that morning and with the number of meetings and program events I was pretty tired by the time 4 pm rolled around. Preparing for public speaking and meetings seems to take a great deal out of me and I constantly felt like someone was tugging at my sleeve about advocacy questions, MMBA affairs, PrecisionMTB team events and all of the other things that go along with a busy day in the world.

By 4 pm I was happy to have some down time to write down some notes from the day's meetings and collect my thoughts. On my way out, I ran into someone I still had not had a chance to talk to. With just a mere dozen or so people milling about as the last stragglers to leave the MSU Pavilion, one of them happened to be Dave Wiens. It was a delightful surprise.

Looking back, I often remember the phrase from Gone With The Wind (it happens to be a paraphrase of a Ben Franklin quote): "Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of." It reminds me that the greatest gift is the gift of time. So happening upon Wiens at the 11th hour of the MMBA Meeting was uplifting. Away from his home and family, he made me realize how much we all are capable of in our efforts to give back to this sport that has given us so much.

I was able to sneak in a few minutes to ask Dave Wiens about training and life in Colorado. He even took a minute to take a picture with me, as you can see from my MMBA Annual Meeting, Part 1 blog entry.

Dave Wiens made me realize that I can do more. And, it will be nice to see his familiar face when I approach the starting line at my first Leadville Trail 100.

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