UPDATE: I did it! I completed the 50-mile ride! Scroll to the bottom to see how it went!
This week is the Vestibular Disorders Association’s annual Steps-2-Balance event.
Steps-2-Balance is a fundraiser for VEDA, but also a chance for each and every one of us to challenge ourselves to achieve something truly great.
The idea is simple, you sign up, pay a $25 registration fee which directly benefits the Vestibular Disorders Association, set a difficult personal goal for yourself, and then go and try to achieve that goal.
For my Steps-2-Balance challenge, I will once again be attempting a 50-mile bike ride, but your goal can be anything. It doesn’t have to be an athletic or physical feat.
All that matters is that it safely pushes you out of your comfort zone. This is about building confidence and showing yourself that you are capable of so much more than you realize.
Something to Prove to Myself:
On a more personal note, Steps 2 balance is really important for me this year.
This has been one of the most difficult years of my life.
It started when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have surgery when she was 7 months pregnant with our first child.
After 48 hours of difficult labor, our son Zack was born (healthy and happy), and then we immediately began a round of IVF to preserve Megan’s fertility, followed by 5 difficult chemotherapy infusions, and a month of radiation treatments. To make matters worse, my grandfather passed away from his own battle with cancer in the middle of Megan’s treatment.
And throughout this entire time, I was taking care of Megan, raising a newborn, and working as hard as I could to keep up with medical bills that piled up faster than I could generate income. I barely had time to take care of myself.
But if I’ve learned anything this year, it’s that I’m capable of far more than I ever imagined possible.
And so once again, after falling short last year (I only made it 40 miles), I’m going to attempt another 50-mile bike ride for Steps-2-Balance.
I’m in worse shape physically than I’ve been in years. My endurance is not even close to what it used to be. And the longest bike ride I’ve finished in last 12 months was 22 miles, and that was only last week.
But I’m ready to take on this challenge to prove myself that even if I fail, I’m capable of pushing myself way beyond what I think is possible under normal circumstances.
How to Participate:
Thanks everyone, and good luck with your Steps 2 Balance challenge!
(I will post an update with my results later today!)
I did it! It was super hard, but I finished my 50 mile bike ride! After 40 miles, I was hurting pretty bad and wanted to give up, but I pushed through and finished strong!
(I actually did the ride on Wednesday instead of today – Zack was home sick from daycare and Wednesday ended up being the only day I could make the attempt.)
Check out some pictures and highlights from the ride in this video:
All in all, it took me about three and a half hours of continuous exercise to finish the ride.
Crossing the finish line was an emotional moment for me. After everything I’ve been through, achieving something like this felt really important in a way that’s hard to put into words.
My wife caught the moment on camera:
I wish everyone the best of luck on your challenges!