Today I hopped on the bike after not having a chance to ride for the past two weeks due to just being really busy. I told myself before the ride that I was going to ride 20 miles. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I got to mile 6 and I honestly was just not motivated. So, I turned around to begin my ride back and figured 12 miles was good enough. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As I got to where I needed to turn up a hill I decided to just keep going forward. I changed screens on the GPS so I wouldn't be looking at numbers and I would just keep going. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When I got to the end of the trail I figured that would be good, but instead of just going back the way I came I went into downtown and made a big loop to come back to the trail. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now I was ready to actually finish up my ride as I felt accomplished, but I had to muster up a little more motivation to go up a hill I have never gone up before. For those of you local that see this post, you know how awkwardly long the 140th hill from Maple Valley Highway to Fairwood is. I am proud to say that I was able to ride up the entire hill after overcoming the mental obstacle at mile 6. I had to duck into the two neighborhoods on the right to give me a little breather, but I am certain I'll be able to ride up the whole thing soon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I ended my ride at 20.15 miles. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I kept going today because this two word phrase, although not related, reminded me why I ride. I am riding for a cause. I am riding to raise awareness. I am riding to help find a cure. I am riding for those who cannot ride. I am riding for my friends, family and any stranger that has MS. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Forever Forward. Those two words can mean anything, and that meaning can change on a daily basis. Today, those words meant that I couldn't quit on my goal because I have a larger goal.