Thanks to all who came out in the bitter, bitter cold for our annual End-of-Season Celebration. It gave us a chance to look each other in the eye and chat versus looking at the road or trail ahead and yelling a conversation above the wind's noise. During the night we passed out the promised goals-met reward of a golden bike cog necklace, brought to us by Yes and More Coaching. As most of us shared our goals in a kumbaya circle, it was fantastic to hear how different everyone's milestones were. One rode 4000 miles, one (i.e. me) are stretching for 2000. One simply wanted to ride more and just joining the club helped achieve that end. Small or momentus, every single intention was worthy.
And what's so cool about our club? Going at your own pace and all of us supporting that. This op-ed about setting goals from our founder, Patty Nilsen, exemplifies the sentiment beautifully:
This is not what you think I'm going to say. This year my goal was not to have a goal. 20 years ago, in my mid 20's I began mountain bike racing, 24 hr races, triathlons, adventure races, marathons – you know the deal. I've loved every race and feel like more of a human after each one. I don't feel burnt out and I'm not cheating on cycling with another sport – But this year life presented me with other life goals. And so it was. I liberated myself form a commitment to ride X miles, X races, X times this year. You don't need to hear my stuff: single mom, business owner blah blah blah. We ALL have full lives. Especially as women. Especially in Boulder. Along with the gratitude for all these gifts often comes guilt. Am I being the best wife, girlfriend, mom, daughter, sister, friend, employee, owner, volunteer, church member, community participant and on and on? My intention in going public with No Goal is to promote Guiltless Pedaling. Please don't make a playful, club of women who embrace spokes and nipples as another stress. If you enjoyed a ride or two or twenty, threw down a pint, took advantage of a YogaPod membership, met some sharp women, felt good in your kit then I think we all accomplished a goal. And for those who rode 10 centuries, 5k miles, raced their first time, made the podium – KUDOS – makes me smile and makes me proud. Julia Weick said it well the other night, "I get out of it what I put into it". Here's to 2015 and girls who like bikes!
I love it. I applaud Patty's non-goal. And I applaud all of you who got out on the bike this year and did your own thing. Cheers.