It’s funny how things change…
Last year I was thinking of new goals for this year. I wanted to try something new and different. Running goals were easy, I knew I wanted to go in the opposite direction of the Marathon. Something much shorter, So I chose the mile and two mile as my goal races. Another goal was to start cycling again. I didn’t know what to choose for a goal with cycling. I thought I should try lots of different types of events that involve cycling. One of those events was a century ride, especially when everyone told me it’s easier than a marathon.
I got back on my bike after 4 years of not riding and thought I would pick right up where I left off. WRONG! It’s takes time to get those muscles back. I was in shape but not cycling shape. It took a little while to get the bike fit right and also to get some long rides in.
There was also my fear of the roads. Nothing has ever happened to me on the road while riding. However as a result of my brother dying because he was hit by a car while riding a bicycle; I always have that fear in the back of my head. I don’t like to ride on the road alone.
This week I had a discussion with my running coach about my up coming schedule. Basically I had to choose between my mile race and my century ride. There was no way I could do one hundred miles, let alone fifty miles and then do a quality track workout on the following Tuesday, and then my mile goal race on Saturday.
So what did I choose…
I chose to focus on my mile race and scrap the century ride all together and not drop down to a lower mileage. I wasn’t ready for the hundred mile ride or the fifty mile ride. These are my goals and no one else’s. I have to do what is right for myself and my body. What is right for someone else may not be right for me.
It’s hard to back off sometimes and reevaluate. However, it’s the right thing to do. There are sometimes in our lives that we have to walk away from a goal that is not good for us. It doesn’t mean it’s no forever, but it’s no for right now. I am not discouraged about this but reinvigorated at other goals that I have to come! I will never give up on myself. It’s only by setting new goals and doing something different that I can find out what I want and what I need. I am not stuck in one place in my life, rather ever changing, growing, and adapting.