Signing up is one of the best proactive steps of showing up that you can make. It gets you there! It gives you a goal to reach towards. It helps give you a reason to start changing your habits, right now. You have to – you’re accountable to something!
I like to think of myself as pretty adventurous and up for doing any activity. This is true, BUT, without a goal or without a best buddy to share it with – I can get stuck in the same routine. Instead of tying up my laces and enjoying a run around the seawall, which is probably what I would have regularly done after work on this sunny afternoon, JC and I dusted off our road bikes, buckled up the cleats, popped on the oh so sexy helmets and headed on our way to Stanley Park. SO GOOD! Vancouver is so beautiful right now. There are cherry blossoms popping up in every direction, glowing people sporting their sunnies walking around the seawall, kitesurfers ripping up waves and all of this with the gorgeous backdrop of freshly covered snow tipped mountains. I LOVE THIS CITY!!! (Check out the chihuahua on the laughing Buddha’s hand!) Those things are awesome!
Our 20km bike ride we set out on ended up turning into a 20 minute ride to the coffee shop in English Bay – soaking up the sunset, latte in hand. Oops! We couldn’t help ourselves! For the first ride of the year, not bad. I don’t know what it is about biking, but I find it really hard going by myself. Same with swimming, snowshoeing, and even sometimes hiking. I love all of these hobbies but would rather be enjoying them with a friend who loves it just as much. JC and I are going to be seeing a lot of each other in the next few months because we’ve signed up for a Half Ironman in July. I’m stoked!! I guess this means I should start swimming right about now?? I’ll get myself to a pool, eventually. I’m so lazy when it comes to swimming! This is going to be a challenge. :)
SIGN UP!! Here’s a Gilbert-inspiration: “Find something to do. Find someone to do it with, and get on with it.” YES! Find something you WANT to do (if it scares you, an even BETTER reason to do it!), find someone who wants to do it with you (not necessary but it helps!) and then show up! For me, I find that signing up for races is always a good kick in the pants to have a reason to train and eat healthy. It mixes things up. Running here and there a few times a week and cross training all of a sudden start having a purpose. It gives you a direction to work towards. It feels good to work hard for something!
I’ll be adding a training section that will offer some ideas of training schedules that work for me, and an area where you can post tips that work well for you as well as ask any questions. If you want to start training for any races that I will be doing, well you can easily follow along! This will help keep me accountable since I went race-signing-up nuts the other weekend. I’m going to be doing a bikerace with Chrissy in May in Victoria (on Vancouver Island) and a half marathon in June in WHISTLER!! I’m on the fence about another one, but I have a rubber arm which is becoming slowly convinced. I might also be doing a half Ironman in Ireland in September. Eeeek! Why not?!! An excuse to come visit you Grandma and Nanna!! :) ALSO, for those of you who read my posts while I was in Australia, I am still following through with my goal of running the Honolulu Marathon in December. If you’ve ever even THOUGHT about running a marathon, why not train with me online? I’ll be posting my marathon training schedule starting around August/September. Just a thought to perhaps get you thinking about it. Anything is possible, wouldn’t you say?!
Smile with your heart!