Poker has made this phrase pretty popular, but I think it is more powerful when put to other uses. For me, going all in means two important things wrapped up in my commitment to cycling this year.
The first is that I have set a goal. I have signed up to ride the Epic Tour of Halton on September 13. I have chosen the 125 ride. This is their 3rd longest distance, and if indications are correct, it will involve some hill climbs. This commitment is physical (obviously), financial (nothing in life is free–fortunately my foray to the bike show produced a small discount) and mental. I am starting training immediately. I might target a 100 km flat road fondo at the end of May, but there are financial considerations to this, and may be unnecessary due in large part to number two.
The second is that I joined a cycling club. I consider this the more ambitious of the two things because joining a group is always fraught with stress. Despite my occupation requiring me to be very outgoing, I wouldn’t actually describe myself that way. Luckily, most cycling people I have met seem to be good people. Apart from trying not to look like a complete noob the first few times out, I should enjoy myself.
All that is left is to work on my stretching program (more on that later) and get out on the bike…. and get my bike shorts….I always seem to forget that.