Call me crazy, but this Saturday I will be embarking on accomplishing the marking off of one of my top items on my bucket list. An organized Century Bike Ride. For those of you that don’t know. A Century Ride is 100 miles (160.0 km) “on a bike.” Now I’ve been able in the past to have some pretty amazingly long and grueling rides like the Jack and Back (150 mile ride in 2 days), and many long rides on the beautiful Natchez Trace. And this year I have surpassed 5,000 miles on my bike odometer. This is the odometer that I purchased the day that I received my bike 4 years ago. When I looked down and saw this on my last ride I truly began to tear up, and many amazing memories passed through my mine and my heart. Memories of gaining better health when I was having heart pains, had poor nutrition, and was struggling with some depression. Life altering conversations with new, old and existing friends on long and short rides that I’ll never forget. I’ve had the honor of being a part of over $40,000 raised through specific races and rides, thanks to you! All for the purpose of saving and impacting lives for those in poverty, dealing with health issues (MS), and the most recent is building a classroom in Africa (there’s still time to give). To go even further with why I do this crazy stuff, it’s to be an example to my two young boys Nolan and Parker, as well as anyone around me or that reading. I want them, as well as yourself, to know that we can truly do anything that we set our minds to. Now you have to understand that this is coming from a person that for years and years has always played it safe. I never pushed the limits to where I could possibly fail in life. Life is much different for me now in every area due to riding and running long distances. I understand that many many more that I know that ride and run go many many more miles and much harder and faster. However, I push it where I can, and understand that it’s not about all that for me. I know where I exceed my limits, where to set my benchmarks and where I need to [LIVE BEYOND MYSELF].
What are you doing to live beyond yourself? Please tell me…..I want to hear!