126 days and 1270.7 km into my project mean I am 10.7 km ahead of my target. I am thrilled to be on the path to an ambitious goal and am excited to follow through till my 30th birthday.
Most of my progress happens on the bike, with many running sessions in between and a few workouts on the cross-trainer. To get out of the small gym of my apartment complex, I bought an old school road bike and am particularly fond of the USPS sponsoring because my wife’s grandfather used to work for them.
This challenge is not only about pushing my limits but also about learning. And I want to share a few of my learnings with you:
- Consistency is king
One day doing 40 kilometres on the bike is excellent. One week doing 15 kilometres a day is even better. This challenge is not about rushing to an outcome but keeping up momentum over a long period. As a master of starting but not finishing projects, this is a great skill to learn.
- I don’t like biking in the US
With my new bike, I headed out to explore the roads around my apartment - and hated it. Being overtaken by a pick-up truck doing 55 mph on a narrow country road is not fun, and biking lanes are a joke.
- I do like biking in the US
Another day, I threw my bike into the back of my car and drove to a nearby state park with designated bike tracks - it was the best ride I ever had. I love how official parks are kept up and provide fantastic grounds for activities.
- I have to build a buffer
One day I woke up, and my throat hurt, so I kept it light and only walked 2 km. The next day, things got worse, and I couldn’t do anything, and before I knew it, I was sick for a week and lost 70 km. Building a buffer is vital to prepare for unpredictable events.
- There is always room for improvement
I changed my running style from a heel strike to a forefoot strike, and while it felt like learning to run again, it had a very positive effect on my results and the pain I felt in my knee. Just because I do something repeatedly for a long time doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement.
As you can see, this challenge is more than just covering some kilometres; it teaches me some life lessons along the way. I am looking forward to the things I’ll discover in the future and can’t wait to share them with you.