53 Mile Birthday Bike Ride & Setting a Goal

Do you have a goal or two?
I just celebrated my – 53rd – birthday and I always take that day to consider where I have been and where I am going.  And, for the past decade, on my birthday I take a bike ride for as many miles as I am old.  Each year I have p-l-e-n-t-y of time to think!


Colorful bikes at mile 22

As I noted the miles click away, I would think “what was I doing at that age?”  Here are a few highlights from my recollections:

  • Mile 7, Age 7:  2nd Grade, Mrs. Thompson in a portable, I had THE BEST bunny costume for halloween.  My mom sewed it for me.
  • Mile 11, Age 11: 6th Grade, Mr. Crane.  Our class was the coolest because we got to sing the song “Drift Away” during a concert.  It involved some coordinated hand clapping and finger snapping.
  • Mile 21, Age 21:  I had just returned from traveling 3 months backpacking in Europe by Eurail.  Broke, working at a restaurant, a little aimless but finally ready to return to college.
  • Mile 25, Age 25:  I was in an internship in Santa Barbara completing my degree from WWU Huxley in Environmental Science working on water conservation and household hazardous waste issues.

Half-way at Birch Bay

…And so the miles and memories went until I completed my 53 miles.  It was a lovely ride down memory lane thinking about all the people and events that helped make me who I am today.

And then I always take time to look forward and ask myself this question –

“Is there anything I would regret
NOT doing when I die?”   

 This question has helped to spur me out of lethargy and into action.  It is easy to be comfortable and just let time pass…but then the time and your minutes and years are gone.

A friend said  to me today…”Success is not easy.” 

That is so true.  You have to want something more than you are afraid of it.  You have to want the benefits enough to be willing to put aside the immediate discomfort to achieve the long-term goal.   Whether that is educational, weight-loss, family ties, your own health, or your business.  Your own health should be at the top of that list.

And so, for me, what is next?  I am working on my pre-requisites to apply to grad school for a masters in Exercise Science (Kinesiology).  Why am I doing this?  Well, I don’t think it’s going to get me a raise ;-), but I want the knowledge so that I may help others achieve more.  And … it’s on my bucket list!

MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU:  I encourage you to take the time to write down just 1 thing that you want to accomplish or do in the next 5 years – big or small, it doesn’t matter.  It should just be one of those things you want to do before you kick the bucket.

Make an action plan on how you are going to do it.  Or, at least, identify the first step you need to take toward your goal…and tomorrow, take the first step!  If you want, email me and tell me what it is.  I’ll check in with you from time to time to see how it’s going to help you stay on track!

Happy Birthday to us all – may this be our best year ever!

~Coach Robin

Owner & Manager
Bellingham Tennis Club & Fairhaven Fitness



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