Over the years, I’ve contributed financially to various charities, but I never actually “put in the time“ per say. This year, I decided to change that, after talking to a few people who participated in The Becel Heart and Stroke 25K bike-ride up the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto.
Bike-ride, you say? No sweat! That must be an easy ride, right? It’s what most kids do for fun! Everyone grows up knowing how to ride a bike. Well, most kids except me.
Growing up, I had no interest in physical activity as it required the exertion of too much energy and sweat: neither of which I was fond of.
Actually, I only learned how to “somewhat” ride a bike just last summer! So you can imagine what my family and friends thought about my signing up for a 25K ride less than a year later! They thought I was crazy, but they also knew how determined I could be when I set my mind to something!
Considering that the ride was scheduled for the first weekend in June, and that we had colder than usual weather leading up to it, I had approximately 5 weeks to prepare for this odyssey–in addition to my busy personal training schedule.
When I first purchased my bike, I was way too scared to ride it home. I honestly could hardly ride. So instead, I walked home alongside the bike..
–Looking back, I realize how silly the whole situation was.. Go on.. You can laugh too.
The following Sunday morning, I got up early (6AM, in fact) to practice riding my bike without falling. Truth is, I was embarrassed at the thought of anyone seeing me learn how to ride a bike at my age.
I spent about 3 hours in a parking lot that morning just focusing on balancing (and kicking myself for not learning this when I was younger). I practiced every other day and, slowly but surely, I started to feel comfortable and really enjoy it!
I can still vividly remember that morning of the ride.. I was extremely nervous but, once I hit the road, the nervousness quickly dissipated (and then quickly returned when I had to ride downhill).
By the end of the ride, I was extremely proud of myself. I had set a goal, and I accomplished it while raising money for a good cause.
No matter what your goal is or how uncomfortable (or embarrassed!) it might make you feel, you can accomplish it!
Just put your mind to it and envision the end result!
What’s one of your fitness accomplishments that you have achieved and how did you achieve it?