Life has been a roller coaster ride since dad left us. Mom is suffering from depression but won't admit it nor seek help. I've tried talking to her doctor to see if she can nudge mom in the right direction, but that has proven unsuccessful. I've decided to focus my energies on helping her take care of her house and everything else, instead.
To relieve my own stress, I got back into running and cycling. I hadn't been able to do much since I injured my back in 2013. After completing the SkyRide in May I decided to start training for a duathlon. It might have been a big jump but I was determined.
I completed the Nickel City duathlon in mid-July and decided to keep going. I have another duathlon bright and early tomorrow morning!
And then I pulled the plug and signed up for yet another one the last weekend this month. It gives my training focus and helps to keep me motivated to run and cycle as much as possible each week.
In other news, my house is a complete mess because I'm having the bathroom renovated. I can't even move from room to room because they are all cordoned off with plastic. Ick.
It will be worth it when the bathroom is finished, but for the next couple weeks it's incredibly stressful.
One of the silver linings to come out of dad's passing is that my brother and I are now in contact with our extended family for the first time in my life.
I won't go into details (because it's too long of a story) but both of my parents had feuds with their families right after I was born. For that reason, I never met any of my aunts, uncles, or cousins.
Despite the feud, some of my mom's and dad's family turned out for dad's service and breakfast. One of our cousins who was there mentioned she would be getting married this month and invited my brother and me. So these last two photos are of my boyfriend Eric and I at the reception.
It was strange to meet family for the first time. Especially my dad's twin brother. Yes, he had a twin, can you believe it?! I'm hopeful that we will all stay in contact now and that I can continue to meet more extended family and get to know them.
In the meantime, I am trying to take each day as it comes and be ever thankful for these small victories.
Thanks for sharing....I don't visit much but I check in with you every so often...thanks for keeping the blog going and sharing your ups and downs.....reminds me that we (me) are not alone!!! Happy you are doing the duathlons....keeps me motivated to sign up for a few 5K walkathons..it does wonders for depression!!!
My deepest condolences on the loss of your dad...hope your mom is finding comfort in the many happy memories and finding her way out of depression.....