My main reason for this post is to put words on paper about a friend that many of us tragically lost over the weekend. It was an overnight surprise where he passed away with his wife and daughter the people he loved the most. On Sunday morning a very big group of athletes met for our weekly “Sunday World Championship Ride” which our friend Eduardo named a few years ago because of the intense battle we do to each other. But our great friend Eduardo had passed away the night prior and it made for a somber ride around the island where we did battle in his name. I had a hard time riding my bike for the first few hours but I realized that riding was one of the things he loved most and that he would want us to push every hill and live every moment, just as he always did.
The title of my blog is “keeping it real” this is a saying that I have used for many years. It means be who you are, say what you mean, stay true to yourself and never be fake. It also means do what you love and what you want to do, not what you think you should do or what society says you should do. I hate to say it but most people I know don’t live by this philosophy. The only person I truly feel kept it real 100% of the time was my friend Eduardo. The saying almost sounds selfish that you do what you want without thinking of others, but that is not it. Continue reading