The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
Last year I had a brain fart and signed up for a 175-mile bike ride across the State of Wisconsin. Up until August 2016, my farthest distance in a single day was 101 miles. I did not anticipate the hills that are found in Western through Mid-Wisconsin and those beasts really dragged down my average pace. As a result, I was not able to keep to my schedule.
After 15 hours out on the course, and the disappearance of daylight, I was plucked off the road by the SAG Wagon 10 miles short of the finish line. The morning started at 5:30 AM. It was a cool and humid day, and the rain began to fall soon after our start. Needless to say, I started to have second thoughts and just wanted to pack my bike and gear and call it a day.
Instead, I just kept pedaling hoping that I would be able to endure the 12 hours I had planned to finish and the 175 grueling miles of hills that lay ahead. After 125 miles, and my knees swelling to the size of softballs, my body wanted to quit but I kept going to the point where I was removed from the road for the sake of safety, 165 miles traveled and 15 hours on the course.
I don’t know how I did it. How I was able to push that bicycle over those killer hills to reach that 165th mile. There were many times I just wanted to stop, call the SAG Wagon to drive me to the finish…but I didn’t.
This year I’m doing it again. I want to finish the whole distance in those 12 hours, and I know that I will.
My point tonight is that we can do so much more than what we think that we are capable of. We can push to the next level if we truly desire to reach that new level in our life. How? By not giving up.
You see, I’m not a professional cyclist, and a 175-mile ride in one day is 40% farther than professional cyclists do in a single day. Sometimes we face new challenges that seem unreal and unattainable, but the key is to get started and not stop until you reach the goal. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to do, achieve, and be proud of your new success.
Today’s post was inspired by a friend who’s facing her own challenges and pushing herself to new heights.