I want to be more than just a skinny girl. Losing weight is obviously my biggest goal, but another equally important goal is having a healthy heart and a capable body. So, for me, fitness is a big part of this journey too. And when Trek graced my world with this incredible bicycle, some of my goals became crystal clear. I want to create a healthier, more active lifestyle for myself, and I want to accomplish things that seemed impossible before. I want to love myself more, and I want to love the earth more. And riding my bike is helping me accomplish those things.
As someone who is appalled by driving in traffic (I can thank NYC for spoiling me) I’m always happy to bike somewhere as opposed to driving. And biking only a few hours per week can dramatically improve our heart health and lower the chances of having a stroke. And after a little research (courtesy of Trek) I learned that a 2-mile commute can translate into several tanks of gas that I won’t have to purchase which is awesome for my wallet and the environment. And that same commute would lead to a 10 pound weight-loss for someone who didn’t change any other habits. Obviously, biking is a great way to make myself healthier and to give the enviroment a break so I want to share some of my goals for 2012.
My original plan was to complete a triathlon in the fall, but I’m not ready. After moving and settling into a new city, I know I need more time for training. And I need to find a new race so I’ve decided to train over the winter (which shouldn’t be hard in The Big Easy) so I can complete my first triathlon in the Spring. And while it may sound crazy now, I also want to work on completing a century race. Yes…I want to bike 100 miles someday, and I’m reasonably sure that ‘someday’ could happen 2012! I’ll probably do a duathalon or two along the way because that seems like a great place to start.
There are few things I enjoy as much as riding my bike, and I’m ready to challenge myself to take it to the next level. My goal over the next month is to get comfortable biking 10 miles at a time. That seems like a big goal to me, but I won’t really know what I’m capable of until I try. I’m pretty confident that I can ride further than that already, but I want to feel good at the end. We’ll see how that goes!
My goals have been big from day one of this journey, and it’s time to embrace some new challenges so wish me luck! I’ll keep you posted!