I’ve been wearing a huge smile since the weekend and my heart has been bubbling over with excitement.
After months of discussion, we finally took the plunge and booked a trip to Thailand in October. The flights are in place, and our registration has been confirmed for the 10 day bicycle trip that will take us 1,015 km from Bangkok to Phuket.
My BHAG for 2016 – a big, hairy, audacious goal – is now officially in play! Having a big scary goal in place gives the coming months structure and purpose.
Discussions about this trip started last June when we received an email from good friends who threw out this challenge. These are the same friends we have travelled with extensively throughout the past 10 years – from training camps, marathons, Ironman, to Kilimanjaro – through Europe, Canada, and the US.
I had not been on a bicycle for 4 years since I had an accident that ended with a ride in an ambulance and a battered face. I had been remarkably lucky that I wasn’t more seriously hurt … but more than a little spooked about riding again.
… but in enthusiasm for this opportunity, I got back on my bike last July and slowly started the process of rebuilding my cycling base. Now my real training has begun in earnest. I’ve never attempted a challenge like this before and I’m quietly filing away all the complaints starting to bubble up from my aging body.
I’m confident that as the mileage starts to pile up over the months ahead, I’m going to seriously question my sanity and why on earth I thought this would be a great idea.
For now though, I’m smiling.
This post was in response to the Weekly Smile hosted by Trent’sWorld. Every Wednesday, Trent has invited us to share what’s made us smile in the past week.
The world doesn’t need to always be a grey and negative place. Please check it out and consider sharing your smiles.