It was typically hectic, Saturday’s leg of the Enduro World Cross Country championship, held at Heidelberg (about an hour’s drive from our home in Johannesburg).
I was relieved that Dave wasn’t racing, because that tends to spike my stress levels a bit, particularly since his double spinal fusion was done only three months ago. All told, though, I probably had more cause for concern, because he landed up doing some sports photography and riding the whole way around the track with no protective gear other than his helmet (not even a kidney belt or boots), complete with a heavy camera bag on his back. Returning to the pits, he had the widest smile you can imagine!
Nineteen years on from the month that we met, my heart still skips a beat when faced with the risks Dave routinely takes. With him being an ex-pro superbike racer, these are many. One day I swear I will write a handbook for the wives of men like these: extreme sports junkies.
The opening paragraph may be something along the lines of M Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled: “Men are unmanageable. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. Once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly understand and accept that men are unmanageable – then we cease to fear for their safety. Because once it is accepted, the fact that men are unmanageable no longer matters. We simply hand them over to their army of guardian angels. Problem solved.”
Then we’re free to enjoy the benefits that come with being the wife of an extreme sports junkie – starting with deep, undying appreciation for the moments we share. There’s also non-stop adventure laced with a good dose of adrenaline, and that special camaraderie that comes with living close to the edge. It’s an exhilarating place to spend your time.
Dave is training again in earnest, his eye on returning to racing soon. All the more reason for me to hit the gym, and exercise my muscles along with a positive mindset. After all, there’s little more motivating than a healthy challenge, perhaps backed by the safety net of sincere prayer 😀