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Something happened at the Boston Marathon last weekend that strengthened Americans all over the country. The intended effect – to take a national treasure like the world’s most inspiring marathon and use it as a site for terror – has backfired.
All over the country and the world, people are speaking out about the joy and celebration that comes with challenging yourself physically and mentally through athletic endeavors. There truly is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when you cross your first finish line and check the box on something you thought impossible. That success becomes a stepping-stone to greatness, and spills over to unsuspecting areas of your life.
But, the path to your personal celebration of who you are doesn’t have to start with a marathon. It doesn’t have to be at a world-class venue like Boston, London, or Kona. You can begin your own celebration right in your neighborhood, park, or your local pool.
Can I jog to the end of the block without stopping? Can I climb that hill on my bike? Can I swim in good form to the end of the pool? Can I dance until the end of the song? These are the daily “wins” that build, one by one, to lay the foundation to do something great. It starts with one step. One pedal. One stroke. One pirouette.
Then something happens to you too. Your confidence takes a bounce upward. You walk a little taller. You find new levels of energy. You sleep better. You smile more. You may even be a little more patient (endorphins are so soothing!).
If you’d like a friend to share your journey with, please reach out to us. We’re forming a group effort called Fitness Impossible to take on the challenges you thought you could never face as we prepare for the 3rd annual Beach Babe Bicycling Classic on July 14, 2013 in Long Beach, CA. Drop us a line and join our group which will be starting soon (online and group meetings).
To your Health By Bike – Janaé Noble