I did it! I achieved my goal and rode my bike around Lake Tahoe, CA on Sunday! It was an especially poignant moment for me, as I've been plagued with back problems for the last year. At one point, I was unsure I would ever be able to ride again much less work.
My time around the lake was stellar with an average speed of 16.5 miles an hour. Pretty impressive when you consider the route is 72 miles long with 3740 feet of vertical climb! I had the biggest smile on my face as I passed the finish line with other cyclists cheering me on.
I attribute my success to a lot of self education and training these past several months. One of the key training methods I incorporated was to ride once a week with my hubby's riding buddies (The Martinez, CA Old Fart Cycling Team)...Old Fart, my you know what!! These guys consistently kicked my butt on 3 and 4 hour rides. The pain was intense as well as the fear (can I keep up with them?). But eventually, the hard work paid off. Now I can ride in the middle of the Old Fart pack most days. And when I ride with my girl friends, I'm always the leader.
When I think about the year my hubby and I started in the real estate industry, there were many times when I experienced getting my butt kicked by other successful agents and I experienced the fear of being left behind or worse failing.
Eventually, we adopted a similar approach to my bike training. Find someone who is extremely successful in real estate or another business and try to emulate them. Educate ourselves as much as possible. Let go of the fear of failure and step through the fog.
What's the worse that can happen? You don't make it...So what? Pick yourself up, dust of your dungarees and try something else.
My personal mantra for years has been "If you don't ask/try, you'll never know." I would rather try to achieve a goal, than to always wonder about the shoulda, coulda, wouldas.
Was it a risk for my hubby and me to delve into the real estate industry 23 years ago when the market had crashed? You bet! The training was hard, but the reward sweet!
I wish all of you success with your next goal, be it personal, business or athletic.