This pretty much sums it up!

You know, when Michelle set me up with this blog over a year ago, I really had no idea what to expect. At the time, I knew of one friend who had a blog that I read when I spotted on Facebook.  Otherwise I didn’t spend any time at all in the blogosphere.  So in all honesty, I thought I’d be writing something now and then that probably only Michelle and I (and maybe mom ) would read.

I had NO idea I would actually meet people I liked because of this.   There are quite a few people who follow 10,000 miles that I now follow and interact with on twitter.  Not just Blog posts, but conversations (at 140 characters at a tome of course).  And even a very few that have been friended on Facebook.  These are people who I look forward to seeing comment, and who’s posts can inspire a post of my own.

That happened today when reading the post from Echo, on her Echo in the City blog

It was a great post about her husband’s first cyclocross competition ever.  As it was the first ever, they went into it with 3 simple goals.  And it was the phrase that inspired this mornings post: Don’t crash, don’t puke, and just finish.

I’ve reread that line in my head many many times today! Because looking back, some of my best accomplishments have used this level of goal setting.

There are some of you who may be  VERY competitive, and think this  is a cop-out.  Shoot Burt Reynolds, in Stroker Ace had the classic line “Second Sucks!”  And we’ve all heard the line ” 2nd place is just the first loser”  And this is all well and good for NASCAR or Softball tournaments.  But I am not in either of these.

I am a desk jockey who wants to stay healthy, and wants to do new and fun things to keep me that way.  Because of that I tried Rainier 4 times, and never made it.  However, I did learn I could easily get to 10,000 feet high without any issues.  Mt Baker is a smaller mountain, in fact right at 10,000 feet.  So instead of going all out one year, I went for a smaller one. (Don’t crash, don’t puke, just finish) and sure as hell! I made it!

Summit Mt, Baker
Summit Mt, Baker

Then later, when I was a runner, I had completed 5, 10, and 12 K runs, hell even the Sound to Narrows, one that I had dreamed about as a kid was in my hip pocket.  I was time for a half marathon.  I did NOT have any goals with time, I just wanted to run the whole thing, not stop to rest and cross the finish line (Don’t crash, don’t puke, just finish).  On the Sunday after Thanksgiving that year, at the Seattle Half and full marathon, I did just that!

I ran well enough to complete my one and only Half a thon, 13.1 miles in just over 2 hours!
I ran well enough to complete my one and only Half a thon, 13.1 miles in just over 2 hours!

I never ran another one (it was NOT fun) but I can say I did one.

My first century though, Flying Wheels in 2008, same goals ride 100 miles in one day for the first time, you know what I was thinking, and sure enough, I did it!

flying wheelsI have lost count of how many centuries I have done since then!  I did 5 last year and will do 2 this year and plus a double.

And for those that don’t think its competitive enough?  My first Seattle to Portland was done in 2 days.  My second, in one day, but it took over 16 hours.  This will be my third and it will be faster!  I am getting better all the time!

Because another way to say don’t crash, don’t puke, just finish, is just get in there and do your best.  Take on the challenge and show yourself (Not anyone else, they don’t count) but show yourself you can do it! Then if you enjoyed it, do it again and get better.  If not, pick something else and give it shot!  All the training and practice is never wasted, its making you healthy!

Make sure, whatever it is, you train enough to give yourself a shot to do well.  But then say “What the hell!” and go for it!

The alternative?  Well there is always this:

imageThanks for the inspiration Echo!  And keep it coming!


10 thoughts on “This pretty much sums it up!

  1. Awwwww I don’t know what to say ☺️ thanks so much for the kind words! I feel the same–you always hear about trolls and annoying people, so it’s a pleasant surprise to find someone that stands out and is actually fun to engage with! I love this post, and I’m so glad that line inspired it. Truly honored! 😄

    1. Ok let me try this again…lol! Tony GREAT post! I really wish I was at a place in my life and treatment that I could be trying to get my body back into shape but Im not there yet. Echo & you have a great outlook on how to accomplish your goals, and trust me when I say I will be back to re-read this post over and over again when I get to that point! I felt inspired and wish I could go out and jump on my bike right now…but I can’t risk it. So thanks to the both of you for a very inspirational push in the right direction! 🙂

      1. Lady when you are ready you will do so! Every summer when it is warm I dust off Michelle’s bike and we cruise the neighborhood. She,gets a huge smile. I keep slow and flat and easy, and go for 2 moles or so. It’s what her body allows on a bike and it’s plenty!

        When you ride again, as far as I am concerned, it will be bigger than any ride I do! Like the wind lady! And thanks for the compliments!

      2. Your so very welcome!! We have alot of trails here. There is a bike/walk trail that is over 25 miles long and goes through about 5 cities here. I will take some pictures of it when I am able to get out. 🙂

      3. We have one here as well, I am lucky enough to use it for most of my bike commute, MUCH safer. Looking forward to your pics and I get the felling you will be out and about sooner than you think sir! O

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