Some said no...
Some said you're mad...
Some said how are you going to pay for it...
Some said why don't you get a real job...
Some I just never heard from...
"Go for it!"
"How can I help?"
"Can I join in?"
"I know a guy who knows a guy"
Some said nothing at all but things still started happening through their network, generosity and help.
I think you'll probably have guessed by now that I listened to the second group more than the first. The biggest thing we have as human beings is the ability to choose. We have the ability to consciously make decisions that will either positively or negatively effect our experience in our life.
I made a very conscious decision just over 3 years ago to only choose to hear the messaging from people that would positively help me achieve my goals and dreams. I can honestly say that this decision has been the single biggest change I've made in my life. It has helped me achieve many things that at one stage not too long ago I never thought possible.
On Saturday morning, just a day away, I will embark on the biggest and scariest goal I've ever had a crack at. 15,000km by bicycle over 79 days to complete a lap of Australia. 180kms a day. Sounds like a lot of work right? Yep it is. It sounded like a hell of a lot more work when I weighed 110kgs, was depressed and couldn't even drag my butt out of bed before midday on a Sunday to do a 20km ride. So I often look back at this and think what is different? I have the same body, the same legs, the same heart and lungs. The only difference is I think differently. That's it. That's the secret. Best part about that is it's 100% FREE! Doesn't cost a cent. You actually can't even buy it, although I'm sure there's some whiz bang drug out there that will 'claim' you can bottle it.
So Saturday 3rd September, 2016 will actually be the culmination of 12 months of solid work and planning. There are so many people to thank for getting me to this point and if I haven't already spoken to each and everyone of you I will. The level of support we have had is unbelievable and it's only dawned on me over the past month what this even means to others.
When you get caught up in the planning, the organising and obviously the physical training you start to normalise the concept. This can be both good and bad. The good part is that you believe wholeheartedly that the goal is achievable. It's a 'piece of piss', it's in the bag' and I simply need to show up and it'll all happen. This also can be a very destructive attitude to have.
I learn't this lesson from Ultraman Australia earlier in the year. It was a great lesson to learn and it's certainly helped me train a hell of a lot harder and more consistently in the lead up to the Ride Around Oz. Again, supported by an amazing coach Tim Ballintine and No Limits Endurance to get to this point. I think I have a good balance of belief and a little bit of fear. I think we are conditioned in life to fear the unknown but if we can choose (there's that word again) to embrace fear as an opportunity to learn and grow we can grow through adversity and eventually achieve great things.....so called impossible things.
Yes I'm a little nervous. Just a little. There's so many moving parts to this event and most of them April and myself have never encountered so there's a few nerves about how things will go. What will go wrong? How will we fix x, y and z?
I'm also really pumped and excited to get out and see this country, meet some absolutely amazing people, share some riding with others and raise awareness for both Fr Chris Rileys Youth Off The Streets and show all Aussies that absolutely anything is possible.
The main concern I have is whether my body will stand up to the rigor of riding 7-8 hours a day without a rest for 79 days but I have done everything and been helped along with amazing work from Active Body Physiotherapy and with some solid maintenance while both on and off the bike and an extremely solid mindset, I know we'll get there.
Thanks so much to every single one of you guys who has helped us to get to where we are tonight, ready to roll in just over 24 hours. There are over 300 people to thank and April and I can't wait to share the entire journey with you all.
I'll leave you with a quote from Henry Ford;
"If you think you can or you think you can't....you're right"
Mindset is everything.
Go and chase your dreams.
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