That’s what went through my mind last weekend when I did my first ever cycling event. Never Set Limits.
I often set running goals which have tested my limits but have limited myself with cycling in the past. Not intentionally but, I just did what I could manage. For me that was sticking to trails where there were no cars and it felt safe.
After getting my new road bike this summer I started testing my limits with longer trails rides and eventually road riding on my own. It felt great and it was something previously limited myself to.
My husband and I signed up for the Gran Fond about 2 hours away from where we live. I signed up for the Medio 67km and he the Grand 118km. My first over 50k ride and his first Grand. It was amazing! I also loved having my Endurance Tap on my ride. Easy to drink and store in my back pockets.
So well organized and easy to figure out for the first time. The route had stunning views of the ocean and we climbed more HILLS then I ever imagined there could be on a course. I may have dropped a few f bombs while laughing that I had to climb another hill…after another hill, after another hill. I also LOVED crusing down the hill faster then I ever have before at 50km/hour. A new record for me.
I never thought I’d be riding my bike on the road with more confidence, let alone a Gran Fond. Sometimes we have to stop setting limits for ourselves and just go for it. Who cares if you fail. It sure feels good trying.
I finished 67km in 3:13:00! And yes, I want to do it again….maybe even further and yes that would require more hills. We both had an amazing experience and plan to do another Gran Fondo again.
Do you set limits for yourself?
When was the last time you challenges yourself?