Day 10 of Reverb10 has me pondering the wisest decision I made this year and the results.
It is easy to think of a few of the not wise decisions, like eating dessert after a big meal last night-oy. It was my mom’s birthday cake, how could I resist?
It was what I did not resist this year that supported my wise decision.
At the moment that I said in fall of 2008 that I was going to ride my first Century (100 miles on my bicycle), in fall of 2009, I had no idea what I was getting into it. That happens alot for me. And I like stretching myself that way.
The training started and stopped, started and stopped , started and stopped. The day of the ride came and thank goodness, it rained. I love riding my bicycle in good conditions, I am not willing to suffer to reach my intentions.
I was disappointed and grateful in the same breath. Intuitively I knew that I was not ready. I also knew I would be soon.
Fast forward to this year. I made the commitment to riding my century at Beautiful Backroads in September of 2010. I trained both mentally and physically for this audacious goal. As the day got closer, I knew I was ready and set myself up with the right gear, snacks and peeps to support me. Ready to go–off I went and I completed the ride with ease, joy and a lot of fun!
The wisest decision that I made about that ride is sticking with me each and every day. I broke the 100 (actually 106 miles!) into smaller pieces. There were SAGs (rest stops) every 15 miles or so. I focused on riding 15 miles and then 15 more miles and so on, for 7 stops, including the finish. Those bites sized pieces were easy for me to digest. As I move forward in achieving other important things in my life, I remember to break them down into smaller bites, so that I can enjoy it more. Just like I really did enjoy that birthday cake last night!