Choose goals that are a little terrifying. Big goals force you out of complacency and push you to take on challenges you normally wouldn’t attempt.
The last big physical challenge I embarked on was a marathon in 2016. Marathon training tends to take over your life. However, when you see the finish line and realize you are going to actually finish, you realize it’s worth it. It’s even worth all of the missed opportunities for sleeping in on weekends and staying out late on Saturday nights that everyone else who isn’t training gets to do. It’s empowering, motivating and a definite confidence builder. I didn’t train for anything in 2017. And I’m not going to lie—it felt good to ride my bike when I wanted, run whatever distance and speed I wanted, sleep in on weekend mornings. I had enough on my plate with my business and it was fun to have a social life that didn’t end at 9:00pm every night! However, I am up for a new challenge in 2018 and that challenge is going to be the Ride Across Wisconsin, a 175-mile bike ride from Dubuque, IA to Kenosha, WI over two days. I am fortunate enough to have found a couple of training partners and possible RAW ride buddies and the ride is supported. It’s hilly—definitely a challenging goal! And I’m pumped to take up this challenge!
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