I came up with this blog title — “Challenge yourself” — because my intention was to write an adrenaline-pumping entry about a big decision I made this week. It involves challenging myself in perhaps the most physical way I ever have in my life (well, with the exception of giving birth all-naturally?)
Yet the truth is: now I’m scared. And I’m starting to wonder if publishing this post is just a way of setting myself up. But here goes:
A few years ago, I’d finally made some big lifestyle changes, which meant joining the local gym to stay fit (and burn off stress!) This included signing up for a spinning class. Soon enough, I met my man — an avid cyclist — and he started to spin with me. I love to spin, but during the spring and summer, I kept thinking, “It would be so much nicer to cycle outdoors.”
In the meantime, I kept hearing about more and more folks who were signing up to ride a “century” (a 100 mile bike ride). This includes Thunderpants, my sister — and my blogging super-triathlete friend, T. I’m so impressed by these friends and family, who’ve physically challenged themselves, and had loads of fun along the way.
Well, in the past few weeks, here’s what I’ve done:
- Borrowed a bike to train on;
- Got myself a pair of cycling shorts;
- And signed up for the The Grizzly Peak Century.
So, what am I afraid of? What if I bike half-way up the next steep hill, but feel like I won’t make it? What if I cycle most of century — but NOT all of it? In so many ways, this challenge I’ve set myself up for feels so familiar. It’s like becoming a single parent but not knowing how I’ll manage all alone. It’s like meeting an amazing man but not knowing if our relationship will make it.
If I think about every life challenge, however, there’s one lesson I’ve learned: pacing yourself. I might not know how I’ll raise child solo for the rest of her life, but I can do my best to raise her one day at a time with love and integrity. The same goes for a relationship.
Here’s my sister and me on a ride yesterday, just before we got caught in the rain:
So, have you ever set yourself up for a big challenge, and then felt anxious that you’ve bit off more than you can chew?
Are you facing any challenges right now — physical, mental, emotional — or a mix of any of the above? how are you getting through them?
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