A set of recent conversation have caused a review of my mentality when considering the summer challenge.
I have no milestones by which to judge or acknowledge progress and have no intention to move quickly as I make my way through the UK. A while ago, without meaning to I switched from a goal orientated mindset to one that focuses on being present in the journey. This is my way of explaining why I stop in a race to admire the view, or slow down so I can talk to people and fully embrace the experience. Sometimes I catch myself being pulled in to the goal mentality in races, and I know it’s happening because the enjoyment has gone, only to be replaced by an overwhelming desire to move past the person in front and to beat that ever ticking clock. At that point, I slow down, regain control of my breath and cadence, moving at my own comfortable pace, and admire as the colour seems to return to my surroundings as though some remotely increases natures colour saturation. I’m not interested in a setting records or beating anyone else, just finding the limits of the fleshy vessel I seem to be part of.
I guess with things of this nature, it’s more about knowing yourself, your limitations and strengths, being prepared to compromise and improvise when setting goes wrong. No matter how much training I do, it’s likely resilience is going to be the most important tool in box.
3 weeks today, I’ll be walking to the sea, placing my hands in the cool water before heading north so I can repeat the ritual at the opposite end of this island I live on.
Hope the adventure live up to the build up….