I want to be stronger on my bike. I want to be able to race and win on my bike. I want to lose 10 pounds before Boulevard. I want to be able to train harder and more often.
I want to live a long and healthy life. I want to remain active late into my life. I want to know my grandkids and watch them grow up.
I want to be engaged in life, up to something and not a spectator. I want to be on the field, not in the stands.
That’s what I want. Yesterday, I wrote about how it’s disingenuous to say you want something without doing what it takes to make it happen. That really stuck with me.
One thing I can do to get what I want is to quit drinking. If I quit drinking, I can immediately drop more than a pound a week. I’ll sleep better which means better recovery which means harder training more frequently. I’ll be more engaged and alert – it sounds dumb, but is true. I’ll be a more active participant in life. And I’ll reduce long term health risks.
So, I’m doing it. I’m quitting drinking until the Boulevard Road Race with the caveat that I can indulge in a couple of glasses of wine on the weekends when we have friends over. Other than that, I’m on the wagon. After Boulevard, I’ll examine the results and make my next move. And of course, I’ll share everything with you.
Why am I telling you? Well, another secret I’ve discovered is that you can’t have secret goals. The more people you tell, the easier it is to make it happen. It works because you’ll all help me and hold me accountable.
That’s my favorite part.