From there, we ventured up to wine country for the second half of our vacation. It actually works out perfectly cause Meg and I like to really relax after we run so we decided to go to Napa. Breakfast next to the vineyards, wineries and lying by the pool during the day, and wonderful meals under a star drenched sky at night we were able to completely disconnect from reality. I also really learned a lot about wine. I am by no means a wine aficionado. In my world, there are 4 types of wine – red, white, wine and I like, and wine I don’t like. Well, it turns out there are many more types of wines than I’d imagined. I’ll admit that I had no idea the intricacies and nuances and science behind wine making. I had no idea that barrels came from France and the US and cost different amounts. That barrels from
different parts of the world make the wine taste differently. That barrels can be toasted to different temperatures.
And each winery we visited had their own technique; their own approach to making what they believe is the perfect wine. And that’s what I learned. Making wine is an art and the winemakers and vineyard owners are
artists. It is a craft that they work hard to perfect everyday.
This really was the perfect vacation. We both got exactly what we wanted. A race, a different city, and good wine
– some of our favorite things in the world.
And to end what was already an amazing week, my article went live on Yahoo’s Post Game. We were eating dinner Wednesday night and Meg got a Google alert (yes she set one up for my name) that the article was up. I had a feeling that it was going to be good. Rob had worked very hard over the course of a couple months to capture my
story, but I still didn’t know what to fully expect. What I got was a great article that captured the true essence of who I
am. I am very grateful and humbled that others are choosing to tell my story and I am extremely appreciative of the
effort Rob put into the piece. It captured who I am and what I stand for. That I will continually fight this disease.
That I will find the strength to live the life that I want to live and not let anything stand in my way. And that I have amazing friends and family who stand my side and push me to be better. I have goals and dreams and wishes just like everyone else and I fully plan on accomplishing every single one of them because CF is what I have. It’s not who I am. It’s not how I am defined. It is a thing. A thing that I live with. A thing that I beat.