Starting back in High School, when I joined the track team, I loved to run. While in college, there was no opportunity to join a women’s track team, but I became friends with the men’s cross country team and started to practice with them every day. I grew to love the long distance runs and continued to run miles and miles and even ran the California International Marathon in Sacramento in 2007.
Since that time, I gradually shifted to other forms of exercise such as yoga, circuit training and walking and most recently got back on my road bike. My husband has been wanting me to join him on rides and I have been hesitant to try and get back into “bike” shape.
Not because I do not want to ride with him (especially on some trips we are looking at to the wine country in Spain and France) but I honestly did not want to put in the time, energy and discipline to ride on a regular basis.
I had all the great excuses.
Too busy, too tired. (My favorite ones!)
My bike needs an upgrade and it’s not in the budget right now (with 2 kids in college).
I will never catch up to his level…
You get the point.
Of course, he would come back from a great ride and was so excited to tell me about it and would drop hints. You would love it out there on the bike trail…it can be so peaceful!
Well, the more times he came back from a ride and told me about how peaceful it was, how he got a great workout or how much better he felt…I decided it was time to get off my “fanny” and get geared up to ride again.
And also take my own advice…
It’s All About Millimeters.
The title of a book I wrote which talks about the small things we do each and every day that make a difference in our business, our professional lives, our personal lives and the lives of people around us.
My entry back to road biking was going to be a “millimeter approach,” i.e. small but significant steps towards the end goal. Which, for me, the end goal would be to ride with my husband together and not two miles behind him, and to go out for a good 25-30-mile tour.
First, I found my very dusty helmet, my incredibly ugly and worn bike shoes. I pumped up my tires and hit the trail.
First outings were short and sweet, about 40 minutes at a very easy pace. Came home, felt good and decided to keep increasing my time and my effort each and every time I went out for a ride. Today I actually rode the furthest I have so far, around 16 miles and did it in an hour with my very entry level road bike.
Why do I share this story with you?
Because we all have those “things” we want to do, but have a list of excuses why they can’t happen. Some of us have a very, very, very long list of excuses next to our dreams, goals and aspirations.
We are all busy people. I hardly ever meet someone who tells me they are completely bored and have all the time in the world to do nothing!
My challenge for you, while we still have time in 2016, is to take out those promises or resolutions you made at the beginning of the year. Or maybe you did not even do that this year, but you know down in your heart and soul, there have been things you have been putting off for many reasons.
Pick one and start today.
Just a “millimeter” at a time.
What has happened for me is that I am loving every minute of my time on the bike. I actually look forward to my rides and find the little challenges that I have set for myself are fairly easy to accomplish, so I feel like there is constant progress.
My only regret is that I waited this long!! How many of you have felt that way about something you put off and then finally just did?
As I was riding on the bike trail, this song, Good to Be Alive, by Jason Gray played (and it was what I needed to hear) and I thought I would share a few of the lyrics that I found so inspiring and energizing.
I wanna live like there’s no tomorrow
Love like I’m on borrowed time
It’s good to be alive
I won’t take it for granted
I won’t waste another second
All I want is to give you
A life well lived, to say “thank you”
I think this says it all.
Start today. A millimeter at a time.
Love and Hugs,
P.S. If you want to grab a copy of my book, It’s All About Millimeters: How Small Changes Make a Big Difference in Your Business and Your Life and learn more about the “Millimeter Approach” to business and life, it is available on Amazon.