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!
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 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!
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: