I’ve been looking through my old race reports trying to find the answer to that question. I remember driving home from many bike races with Penny asking over and over again, “why do we do this?” The only answer I can remember coming up with was “because we can.” The fact that we could do something that most people didn’t have the nerve to attempt made us who we are. If we gave in and acted “normal” we wouldn’t be the people we are, and in spite of the never-ending torture we had fun, made life long friendships and learned more than anyone can imagine.
This is why I am confused. I don’t understand why so many of you are having a hard time making the commitment to succeed physically. Every day someone says, “I’d really like to loose some/run a/ride a _____ someday.” Someday? When is Someday?
Let me ask you, every day you have things that you need to get done, correct? You do your best every day to clear your to-do list, you go to work, feed the kids, see friends, laundry… Those things are your priorities, your daily commitments or “goals.” Some of those things are fun and some you do because you have to. Either way you succeed because you’re committed.
Why is it not the same when it comes to achieving a fitness goal? Are you afraid of making a fool of yourself and failing? Are you afraid it will hurt? Maybe you fear that it will infringe on your social schedule or time with your family?
Seriously, when was the last time you heard of someone making a fool out of him or her self while attempting to better themselves? Yep, if you decide to cut calories or train for an event it may cut into your cocktail hour, but it’ll open new doors that will more than make up for the ones it hinders. The pain, yep, pushing your body does hurt a little but it’s not that bad and it really does make you stronger, healthier and hotter!
Maybe you should think of your goal is just another thing on your daily to-do list.
Example; say you sign up for the Fight for Air Climb. With that you know that you need to build your endurance so that you can complete the event, and climb 52 flights of stairs. So, on your to-do list goes the daily tasks that you need to accomplish in order to get yourself to event day. It’s the same mindset you use for making dinner. On your to-do list is the question of menu, shopping list, grocery shopping, cooking and finally achieving your goal of eating dinner. See, it’s easy!
Don’t over think it. Decide what you’d like to do. Figure out the steps to get there. Take the necessary steps and don’t stop till you get there. All you gotta do is commit, focus, succeed and celebrate!
March 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm
Interesting post – thanks for offering it up. Laundry is a much easier commitment than training for 1,197 steps. Sleeping in is an easier option than a 6am run. Losing weight takes time, will power, restraint, effort. Eating a Girl Scout cookie? Ridiculously easy.
I do see your point. Maybe we (at least I) don’t set the goal for fear of failure? Inertia is easy. Training isn’t easy, but it does feel great.
I need more of that “feels great”…let’s see what I can commit to!
As always, thanks for the post!
March 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm
I see your point, although “easy” is not a rule that I personally like to live by as I find “easy” to be boring. “Easy” is much too easy and very limiting, don’t you think?
March 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Easy can be boring. And lazy. And sometimes…just what I need. In small doses, of course. Wouldn’t want to live my whole life that way. Snoooooore.
You have a strong passion for physically challenging yourself which I should take as inspiration!