When you decide to take on the challenge, the path you choose will be lined with both peace and pain. Your body will ache, but your heart will be lifted. You will feel kudos and pride, but there will also be sacrifice and loss. You will both compete and commune with those around you. You will laugh and cheer; shiver, shit, sweat and cry. You will find poetry in dark places that you didn’t know existed. With the joy of achieving your dream will come its loss from your life. And when you finally have the chance to rest, it will be restlessness that marks your day. You will look back and see that the moments you treasure most are those that were hardest to earn. And then, smiling to yourself, you will do it all over again.

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