Sunday 11th of March was day 33 of my 100 Day Fitness Challenge. Now that the first third is over, I’m reflecting on where I am now, and where to go from here. The last couple of rides have reminded me of my mediocre level of fitness, and how much work my skills need to develop. To be honest, my confidence has taken a hit more than once recently. I know this moment will pass, so I’m focussing on turning these experiences into positives. This is why I’ve taken a few days to gain some perspective before writing this. I’ll never make any meaningful progress without getting out of my comfort zone and pushing myself. It’s not supposed to be easy – nothing worth achieving ever is.

This afternoon I’ll be booking campsites for the North Island Tour starting on Monday March 26th. After recent experiences I considered delaying it, but decided to go ahead with the dates I’d previously worked out. Until this begins, I’ll be using the time to ride and train effectively. This tour is a training camp as much as it is an opportunity to ride some awesome trails in two of the best locations in New Zealand. I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time on the Nomad and becoming more familiar with it’s handling. I still occasionally get feelings of anxiety when I’m on a bike, which goes back to when I broke my wrist. Breaking through that mental barrier is a priority whilst I’m away. I’m looking forward to being in the forest, working on my skills and enjoying the experience.

So now that the first third of this challenge is over, I feel a renewed motivation for the future. There’s a lot to be grateful for. I’m taking the Nomad to the FourForty MTB Park and the Whakarewarewa Forest soon, and there’s the trip to Whistler in August. That’s a big focus for my training over the next few months.

Not long now.

440 bike park map

Thank you for reading – Happy Trails.

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