At the end of the movie, some people were making plans for a weekend ride. They used to invite me and I almost always said "no". Their rides always seemed to be at least 28 miles, sometimes 40 miles. Given that I weighed almost twice what they weigh and am still a bit to new to cycling...I would always say no, but I'm grateful that they kept asking. Good friends, great athletes...but out of my league.
They started talking about their planned ride for tomorrow (not asking me, which is fine). I started realizing that Samson (my boy) and I are going to do a longer ride tomorrow too. Maybe 30 miles...maybe more. And I slowly began to smile deep inside as I realized the following:
Maybe I'm not out of their league too much anymore
My ride with Samson might be as long as their planned ride. Interesting.
I am not as heavy as I used to be.
My legs are much stronger than they used to be.
I may even be doing more cardio workouts per week than some of them (though I am still not at their fitness levels).
Even a simple 25-mile ride is beginning to feel like a fun, casual ride right now (with Samson). When we finish, I always know that I am feeling like I am just warming up and ready to really get a lot more miles in.
I guess I am beginning to realize that I have the strength and stamina to go much further on the bike than I have been going. This means that I need to build in time (2-3 times per month?) for much longer rides to see how far I can go at this point.
Just another lesson that some of us really hold ourselves back. It makes me wonder about all of you and your stories.
What was your "a-ha" moment where you realized that you were capable of more than you had previously thought?
What was that moment when your eyes clicked open and you focused more on what you could become, rather than what you had been?