A couple of weeks ago, I shared that I was VERY nervous about an upcoming cycling adventure from Houston, Texas.
I’m here to report that I made it! I logged 417.7 miles in 6 days and celebrated a group historic event in being the first female to finish the 100 mile day. I was pretty stoked! I was VERY stoked! I missed about 50 miles in there due to a mechanical (another story with Shimano Ultegra DI2 . . . . KNOW DI2 for thyself BEFORE shipping one’s bike) and other stories, but I made it.
Celebration over, I know there’s more. I know there’s another adventure, and there’s an opportunity to be an even stronger cyclist. Particularly, a more lean cyclist.
I was introduced to cycling rice cakes. Daily massage. Constant stretching. And most importantly, Mental toughness. More than anything, this ride was a commitment to riding my bike every day. Simply getting up, packing my gear, going to breakfast, and deciding that I was going to ride that day. There were ABSOLUTELY days that I wanted to just ride in one of the SAG vehicles. But, then, I remembered that I 1) paid a lot of money to raise awareness for childhood/adult obesity, 2) spent a lot of hours on my bike and trainer when I could have been doing more fun things, and 3) actually told people I would be riding my bike this week. So, I had to ride.
So, now, I’m telling myself that the lean cyclist is coming out. The super strong cyclist is coming out. She will ride again – on Sunday. And, she will ride long again in 2019 (or sooner). That was fun. That was hard, but I did it. The ride leader is pondering a ride along the Underground Railroad in Alabama, and I would definitely consider that for 2019.
I don’t have a particular book reference for this experience, but I would attribute the commitment in part to just being who I am . . . I pick crazy hard stuff to TRY to do. Then, I think Jennie Allen’s Anything is a great reference as well. If God is who He says He is, and He’s living in me, WE can do ANYTHING! Another reference might be Angela Duckworth’s GRIT. At some point, you just decide this is what I’m doing and go get it done. Houston to New Orleans got done!