|I am exceptional at going downhill. Have I ever mentioned that?|
Because I have been wandering a bit this year, without a significant goal to work toward. I RAN my first 5k last September (2010) and got 3rd in my age group. Then, I RAN a 10k in January, 2011...another good goal for a guy like me. But after each one of these races, I rested...for a month or so because there was no big epic event ahead of me. I had actually committed to a half-marathon in late March, but began to realize that these "event-based" goals did not make as much sense to me anymore if I didn't have an ongoing, consistent exercise habit. Sure, I could have trained to complete the half-marathon, but without a near-term carrot dangling in front of me, was I really developing consistent exercise habits?
So, in March, I cancelled the half-marathon and went low-key. I committed to run OR bike, 6 days per week. I called it The March Experiment. I ran 27 miles and rode 104.
When I read about the 30 Days of Biking Challenge for April, I thought it would be a fun way to really get back into cycling and keep me focused.
When you add it up, I increased my cycling mileage by exactly 100 miles from March to April and exercised every day (eventhough a few of those days were only 10 minutes on the bike).
That is two months of exercising nearly every day. I have not done this level of exercise in the last 25 years...and it is something for me to celebrate.
What's next for May?
- Another 204 bike miles?
- 250 miles?
- Start running again like the March Experiment? (I don't want to lose my ability to actually "run", but I really enjoyed the cycling much more.)
- Finally get serious again about my nutrition?
- Another 30 Days of Biking?
I am always inspired by all of you and you are a varied breed out there. Some of you are hardcore tri's, just hoping that I will really get into racing form (I love that). Others of you know that I have lost weight, gained it back and you have encouraged me to focus on nutrition. And many of you are still wrestling with old habits and overcoming that sedentary lifestyle, just like me.
So, please give me your ideas. I rarely turn down a challenge. I will carefully consider anything you send my way and commit to one of them. In the meantime, I will be on the bike!
Thanks for mentoring me on this journey, my friends.