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Wahoo-500 miles

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Today I reached one of my goals! I set the goal to bike 500 miles this summer season. Thankfully here in Iowa we have had some beautiful warm fall weather. I am excited that I could reach this goal for many reasons and I will discuss some of those. I would also like to add that I learned a lot about myself during this goal.
First, when I set this goal it was out of frustration. I was having a heck of a time recovering from a foot injury (Feb) from skiing. The doctor told me not to plan on much activity for a year. I did consult with him about my summer goal and he grudgingly agreed to "try it" with his supervision. I am happy to say that with not too much pain or set backs: I DID IT!!!
I travel about 50% of the time for work so it was difficult finding enough time to fit rides in.
I have always liked to bike. It gives me a feeling of true joy and freedom. By setting the goal of 500 miles, I was challenged to find new places to bike. I tried new trails, roads that travelled around lakes, horse paths, benefit rides and even a full moon night owl ride. Sometimes I rode alone but most of the time my husband rode too. It was great time together.
I used to be a fair weather rider. I picked the perfect day, temperature, route and climate. My mantra was NO WIND and NO Hills. But, guess what I found out. I can do wind AND hills at the same time!! It's not about how many miles you can go in one day. It is more about enjoyment. And once I got going I always enjoyed the ride. It gave me pride to feel I had broken out of the mold and become more adventurous. I learned to appreciate the nature around me and that included the "weather"!
I would like to thank all the Sparklers on the cycling team who continually encouraged me and answered questions or gave advise. You helped me reach my goal!
As a side note, the doctor said he is going to start suggesting biking for recovery.....HA!
Blessings to you all and keep setting and surpassing those goals.
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    Very Cool! Congratulations. that was a huge goal and i'll bet you could even get in another 100 before it starts to snow up there!!
    Have FUN!!
    2410 days ago
    That's a great update - Congratulations on meeting that goal and surpassing those other limitations. So often our minds have a way of creating these obstacles when in fact our bodies know we are totally capable to going beyond them.

    Glad to hear you are out and enjoying the fall weather!

    Best wishes, Lorraine
    2412 days ago
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