What I Learned on the Way to 111 Miles

Part 1: Busted!

Ride 111 miles on a Saturday, raise money for a worthwhile cause, and break open the box of what you know about yourself. That’s what I did on November 19, 2011.

I took up cycling on a road bike in 2009 with a passion and trepidation. I do not have any experience as an athlete. In high school synchronized swimming and cheerleading was as close as I got to athletics. Running in my 30’s and 40’s was for fitness, mental as much as physical. Working out in my 50’s was limited to the gym, hiking and occasional mountain bike rides. So why all of a sudden in the next decade of my life would I train for my first century cycling event?

Henry Ford said, “whether you think you can or you think you can’t—you’re right”!

You’ve heard the saying, “it’s 75% mental”. The ‘It’ is anything you really want, are craving and are committed to doing or having …. anything! What are you craving to have in your life? Stop, think, what is it that you want? Is it a relationship, growth in your business, a new job, satisfaction and a sense of meaning in your life? Is there something “inside you that wants to be born” but you don’t know what it is?

The first step to change and transforming our lives is always awareness. What you are thinking about ‘It’ currently is what is limiting you from having “It”. Your beliefs and thoughts, often live in a blind spot for you. One way to start revealing those things to yourself is to stop, pay attention to what is going on in your mind and write it down. You might have some spontaneous ah-haaaas. You might feel confused. You might not really see anything you think is important, but write down whatever is there. Trust me there is ‘gold’ in this exercise.

To take myself into territory I’d never been before took this kind of exercise. In October, I was 50 miles into a 65 mile training ride. I was hot and tired and my automatic story that I couldn’t go on came over me like a dragon. “I have to stop, enough for today,” I said. This was my habit. I was riding with a group including a team coach. He recognized the story and challenged it. After a 10 minute rest, some food, water and a “pep talk” from my coach, I got back on my bike despite uncertainty of how I was going to finish the ride. At times I felt irritable and cranky, also known as “gritchy” at our house. Other moments I felt elated and hopeful as I pedaled on. An hour later as I rode into the parking lot, I raised my arm in the air and yelled “yahoo, I did it”! Very hot and sweaty, the temperature almost 100 degrees, the story had been exposed and Busted!

I’ll be back with a series of blogs about what I learned during my training and my 111 mile bike ride. In the meantime, You can go to my website, www.lifetransformationsnow.com and download a F*REE e-workbook that will support you in this process. Until next week, Crave, Commit and Create.

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