GRATEFUL FOR THE ESSENTIAL SUPPORT FOR ACCOMPLISHING MY TWO LIFE GOALS AND DREAMS!
In February 2007 I had the pleasure of going to Tanzania, Africa, to hike up the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro, the "roof of Africa". Seeing sunrise from the summit on Valentine's Day was a moment that I will treasure for a long time. Next was a safari trek packed with amazing sights of the gentle and noble animals of the Serengeti. But with these experiences (as with the others over the past year since working with Lars) I found that the lesson learned is something different than what I had expected. From participating in the Omloop ultra marathon (Holland, 2006) I learned not only that I could walk 110 km, but gained a true understanding of the training required and a grateful appreciation of the support essential to complete such an event. One cannot do this alone. From the African trip, my highlight was not just making it to the top of Kili, nor seeing the animals (while both were marvelous), but experiencing the wildebeest migration and feeling grateful for witnessing such an event. Such a grand, magnificent, ages-old procession of life…. the wildebeest, the zebras, the cheetahs, the lions…. and to be part of it. To feel so big, and so small, at the same time. To finally "get it". Thank you Lars for helping me achieve two of my life dreams!
Joanne Jansen (Completed The Omloop Ultra Marathon - 100km Walk)