I thought this quote was very fitting for the message I wanted to share today, seeing as it has the bicycle in the photo.
I have to admit that I have questioned my sanity a few times on this new endeavour of mine to complete (and hopefully do well) two sprint triathlon’s this summer. It’s funny that I would choose a sport with a component (racing a bike) that sincerely terrifies me and I’d like to think that I’m pretty willing to try anything that will put me out of my comfort zone. I mean seriously, I’ve done a 1/2 Marathon, I’m a Tough Mudder Legionnaire, and I got on stage in almost nothing and competed in a fitness/bodybuilding competition. Ever since I lost weight and changed my life, I made the decision to never let the fear of failure stop me from trying something I wanted to do, and I’ve been rolling the idea of completing a triathlon in my head for a long time. It was the road racing element of sport that always deterred me.
I’m pretty sure it’s being vulnerable without any protection on the road that scares me to death. When I was a kid riding around the neighbourhood it was fine, but when I moved to a much bigger city I was too intimidated so I stopped all together. While my kids all ride bikes, it’s never been something that I’ve been eager to make a family affair….I have on many occasions ran behind the kids while they ride…that has been a great compromise. I’ve heard too many stories and know too many people who are cyclists that have been the victims of accidents because of careless drivers, so while the goal of completing a triathlon has been there, its been overshadowed because of my fear of racing on the bike, or at least training on the roads. So when I was done with the fitness show and I was trying to decide what I was going to do next, training for a triathlon was the clear choice and diving into my fear, facing it head on was what I was going to do.
So here I am, knee-deep in training and I have had to make the transition from the stationary bike to the road. I’ve been out twice now for long rides and I want to share this….something inredible has happened. The fear I had of being on the bike and riding on the street has been replaced with the feeling of pure joy…a feeling I had forgotten that came from when you were a kid riding around with the sun on your face, chasing your friends, not being afraid of going too fast, like you can race the wind…its an exhilarating feeling. Now I will say that in order to ease back into cycling, I’ve had to combine riding on the trails (which I prefer) and less busy roads, but I’m absolutely hooked. I’m super excited to get back out for my next ride and I’m in the process of looking for a new bike that is better suited for road racing and triathlon’s. The bike allows you to see the world around you in a whole other perspective while providing a great workout. I’m not sure if I’ll ever try to navigate my way around the streets of downtown (Toronto) on my bike, I might stick to the trails, paths and less busy streets around the city for training and leisure riding, but no matter what I have found joy in something that I was afraid of. I think that’s pretty amazing, and I hope you will be open to allowing yourself a chance to do the same, whatever fear it might be that’s holding you back from accomplishig something you want.
Be well everyone.
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