Your question reminds me of a conversation I had once with DH, when I was telling him about the movie based on the life of Eddie the Eagle (ski jumper who competed, against all odds, in the 1988 Winter Olympics). I got mixed up and said that Eddie the Eagle had been played by Hugh Jackman, which wasn't the case - Hugh Jackman played Eddie's coach. Anyway, DH immediately said that, when they go to make the movie of *his* life, he wants Hugh Jackman to play him. I agreed I would hold out for that when selling the rights to his life story.
Rest day today, rest day yesterday (although I went to a yoga class). Saturday I did a 31-km ski race, which turned out to be a ton of fun. I knew going in that I wasn't really trained for the distance, but I also knew that if I didn't do it, I would regret it. This race is a huge event that draws people from all over Canada and even internationally - it has partner races in the US and Norway and some people like to do all three - and pretty much all of the people we know in the local xc ski community sign up for one of the distances. XC skiing is like trail running in being a very welcoming, non-snobby sport and races always have a fun atmosphere. So, DH and I signed up for the 31K, and a few days before the race we persuaded DD to sign up as well.
Race day was perfect conditions - the day before would have been too cold to have the race, and the day after would have been too cold as well, but on Saturday the temps skyrocketed to -10C (about 14F) which is perfect skiing weather. DD went out in the first wave of skiers; DH and I went out at the back of the second wave. DH and I had fun - although the distance was certainly challenging, it never turned into a complete death march. The route had changed since the last time I did this event, and the organizers seemed to find a *lot* more hills to climb
, but I got up them all without too much loss of dignity and handled all the downhills without any wipeouts.
DD finished almost two hours ahead of us
, and, per our agreed-upon plan, got a ride back to the city with friends rather than hang around waiting for us. It was her first time doing this distance and she wasn't quite sure ahead of time she wanted to do it, but she had a great time and had lots of stories to tell afterwards. So, a really fun day for all three of us.