Just like trying this line at the skate park, which I procrastinated over for way too long, I also procrastinated about putting this video out there. And writing this post.
Skate parks intimidate me. Always have and probably always will. But what I do with that feeling? That’s entirely up to me.
This visit to the skate park was my first this year. Pretty sad, since summer is almost over. I was definitely feeling intimidated on arrival. Hell, being there with my teenager is intimidating since she outrides me at every turn. For a while I just stuck to my usual go-to – rolling through the pumpy parts. It gets boring pretty quick. Thinking about what I could do made me realize it was time I stopped looking for excuses (too old, concrete hurts, it’s been ages) and just had a go at something.
Risk = Reward
And then… another 5 days goes by while I procrastinate about writing this.
Looking at this video and jump now it seems kinda tame. But at the time it felt awesome. Smooth. Freeing. And I didn’t miss the opportunity to point out to Sienna that I got it smooth on my third attempt.
Now I just need to make time to go back and do it again!
At it’s core, this blog is a way to hold myself accountable as I attempt to travel from Fat and Forty to into Fit and Forty-Something. Who am I accountable to? Mainly myself. Why? I have a Masters in Making Excuses. Probably should have been a lawyer, because I can find a reason to do, or not to do just about anything.
My biggest issue? Putting myself first… You know what it’s like when you have a kid, or kids? You try to do everything they need. For me this took the form of using my daughters activities as an excuse to not do things for myself. I will probably discuss my “above & beyond yet loose as fuck” parenting style in coming posts, but right now this is about me trying to do something hard. Something that WILL require me to put myself first. Something I will physically be incapable of completing if I do not make time for myself – to get fit, to train.
The catalyst for this blog is a 40 mile kinda gravel, kinda mountain bike event in Michigan’s UP (Upper Peninsula for those who are not familiar with Mitten State slang). I entered it. It’s not until 2020 (June 18 to be precise) but there are so many reasons this event sits WAAAYYYY beyond my comfort zone (also to be discussed). Those reasons are exactly why I chose The Crusher 40 (there is also a 100 mile and a 225 mile event for crazy people) as my challenge to drive changes in other areas of my life.
Cheers to motivation, change, challenges and new adventures.