March 26, 2011

This girl has magical hands.

A friend of mine once used the phase “Community Instigator” to describe a person who moves others to action.  Positive action.  Positive action for positive change. 

Amber is a Community Instigator.  She brings smiles to the faces of the people who surround her.  She teaches her art to those eager to learn.  She brings life back in to the weary legs of cyclists; professional and amateur alike. 

Amber is a once-in-a-life-time spirit; doing what makes her happy and sharing her happiness with others.  Amber is a massage therapist.  And she is good.  No, I take that back, she is the best.  She is an athlete and pushes pedals for one reason; it makes her happy.  And as a result, she understands the aches, pains and demands put on the body of a cyclist.  An hour at Action Dynamix is equivalent to a few extra days rest; a few extra years on my life.

But it is more than the way my body feels when I get off the table and head back into the real world.  It is also the way my spirit feels.  The weight of the world has been removed. The stresses of working, training, and life have disappeared.  I hold on to this feeling for as long as I can.  In the same way I try to hold on to the increased function of my left quad and IT band.  Deliberately, carefully, with determination.

With a contagious smile and infectious spirit, Amber makes me a better person.  She uses an abundance of adverbs that bring light to a cloudy day and remind me how fortunate I am to live in such a beautiful place, surrounded by inspiring people. 

If you haven’t met Amber, do so.  She rides for TEAM BEER.  She is a founding member of the Damian Schmitt Fan Club, and in November, when the rain is pouring down and the temperature is tickling 38 degrees, she will be the one screaming at the top of her lungs, running to all different sections of the cyclocross course; supporting her friends.  She will have, of course, all ready raced. 

"Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where is there is no path and leave a trail!"