Inspiration is so important in everyday life. It takes something to get you up each morning to make the slog to work. Something that makes the efforts of doing things you kinda don’t really want to do (if we are being perfectly honest) so you can do what you want to do with your own time. I’ve had jobs I truly loved. I hope to have another one of those in the near future. But in the meantime I want to do something special with some of the time I have been given by way of this lay off. The first thing that comes to mind is to bike as much as possible. I had already committed to riding my bike every single day for the next year. Come rain or shine, sleet or snow I plan to ride. Then I started watching some cycling movies. I’ve recently watched Inspired to Ride, Ride the Divide and Reveal the Path. All are cycling movies that emphasize long distance cycling and for the budding cyclist in me they are dangerously infectious.
A friend that also rides has convinced me to explore Randonneuring. Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. I looked into it and am totally on board with it. I plan to ride my first randonneuring route early in the new year. The one I selected is a 110k loop in North East Kansas.
Another ride I’ve been inspired to do is the Rocheport Roubaix which is a bike trail race on January 31st. You heard that right, January 31st, otherwise known as the dead of winter. I am still trying to decide between the 30, 50 or 67 mile options, but regardless this is something I really want to do and am currently training as if I am already registered.
I ride to get physically fit, but I also need to stay physically fit to ride. These things go hand in hand. It kind of reminds me of when I got my first job and my first car. I would drive to work, and I had to work to drive.
So I will continue to look for inspiration to ride and I will continue to ride to inspire.
I’ve got some work to do, both on and off my bike. But I’ve found my inspiration through the movies I’ve been watching, the love I’ve gained for cycling, my classic love of adventure and the outdoors and just my sheer optimism that I can do what many would deem impossible. The inspiration to do these rides is also helping me to stay motivated in areas related to my physical health (diabetic health and weight loss). Wish me luck and watch for me as I get to work to achieve these goals.