So I was speaking with someone recently and the topic of cycling came up… specifically how I look for weekly group rides to improve my technique, become a stronger & faster cyclist and meet fellow cyclists (of all levels)…. but that it is so challenging as I am a novice cyclist. I find it hard to keep up – so truth be told I need to psyche myself up in order to attend group rides with better riders.
I was a little disappointed with this person’s opinion that I will never be as strong and fast as the guys (and girls!!) who lead these rides because I’ve started too late in life & I just don’t have the time necessary to dedicate myself to honing this skill.
Please bear in mind that I am in my late 20s!!
What kind of a reaction (be it verbal or non-verbal) would you walk away with after a comment like that? Anger? Defeat? Relief? Embarrassment? Of course, the person didn’t really mean this in a nasty way, it was just a (careless) comment, but still….
I don’t do well with being told that I cannot achieve something/ do something/ be something! Every time it happens, my instant reaction (in my head) is always – JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE!!
If you look around – there are COUNTLESS examples of people who have achieved the impossible, at any age.
One of my favourite all time athletes is the South African sprinter, Oscar Pistorius.
Oscar Pistorius will become the FIRST amputee sprinter to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics after being selected for South Africa. The double amputee, nicknames ‘Blade Runner’ due to his prosthetic carbon fibre limbs will compete in both 400m and the 4x400m relay.
Despite being blind for over 25 years, Miles lives passionately and goes after his dreams. He encourages attendees listening to his presentation that “the only limits in our lives are those we accept ourselves”. So powerful.
He’s truly led a remarkable life full of adventures. He’s even set numerous world records in the process. Some of his achievements include:
- First blind person to do the solo kamikaze skeleton run down the 5G Olympic bob-sleigh track in Lillehammer, Norway.
- Completing “The Toughest Foot-race on Earth” – 150 miles across the Sahara Desert.
- Setting the Malaysian Grand Prix lap record for a blind driver in a 230kph Lotus.
The worst thing you can do in life is to give up on yourself, not believe in your capabilities, fail to take care of your mind, body and soul and lead a life full of regrets.
So perhaps I will never compete in the Tour the France, or even win a bike race locally…. it won’t stop me from trying to keep up with those fast cyclists, or from tackling the craziest of inclines, or from signing up for BIGGER & BOLDER physical challenges than I have even done before.
If you’re reading this and aiming to accomplish the impossible – please share. 🙂 I’d love to hear about your goals, how you’re working on achieving them,and why you signed up for your latest adventure in the first place!