Thursday, May 30, 2013

Have You Made it to Your "One-derland"?

In my early 20's I was incredibly overweight and thought, poor me, I just don't have the right genes.  I weighed over 200 pounds (much more, but we won't go there today) and just assumed that I would always have a 2 in front of my weight.  When I joined Weight Watchers in 2007, it wasn't my first time.  I knew I would be successful, at least temporarily, but making it to the "One-derland' of weight loss was not even a possibility.  Well that summer, the weight melted off and I made it below 200 pounds and it was a celebration to finally make that goal that I never thought possible.

My Weight Watcher anniversary coincidentally was this past week.  Six years ago I started my weight loss journey that will hopefully be my last journey of losing weight.  This past weekend, I made it to a new "One-derland" for me.  This was another place that I never in a million years thought that I would reach, and I did it again.  You bet there were celebrations going on in my head that day.

On Sunday, I had a 5 1/2 hour bike ride on my schedule.  I knew these long rides were coming, but I still hadn't grasped what that meant.  Based on my past rides, I knew that if I could maintain an 18ish MPH pace that I would be close to making 100 miles in that ride.  100 miles!!  'Are you kidding me?' is all I could think about when thinking of hitting that number.

The first 80 miles actually went really well minus the terrible wind and cold that decided to roll in for the day.  And while, the final 20 miles were really tough, I felt amazing.  I was hitting that bump in my training that I knew was coming but didn't know how I would get there.  From 90 miles on, I counted down the miles to this huge milestone.  (My longest bike ride before this was 74, so I had PR'd the distance, but 100 still seemed so far off.)  95 miles in and I had tears in my eyes and was pumping my fist.  You would think I was about to cross a finish line.  I had to pass my house to get the distance in, but when my Garmin finally clicked over, I just smiled.  I made it to a new "One-derland".  I am a cyclist and had just finished my first century ride.

And, I know this won't be my final Wonderland.  This just proved to me that I can reach that much further to accomplish things I didn't think I had in myself.  Do you have a goal that is so huge that the day you hit it, you will be in your own Wonderland?

***And an FYI, I will have a race entry give away coming up that I am really excited about, so please check back.  And for the local Massachusetts runners, Steph has a giveaway going on right now for a local race!


RunningMandy said...

That is awesome. I smiled just reading this. Congrats on another one-derland!

Laura @ Mommyrunfast said...

You are SO inspiring!! I wish I had the gear... I'd be much more inspired to run outside with the computer, clip in shoes, etc to track my bike ride. Amazing job, on both your weight loss and that 100 mile ride!!

Bill Hurley said...

Robin, That is fantastic. I cant say I am surprised. You seem to blow away any goal you have. Mapping out a 50 mile or 100 mile ride seems like a big task. I am running into that now as my rides get longer. Not long to you however. Keep doing what you are doing.

Marcia said...

I had no idea about your weightloss journey--amazing! Congrats on the century ride! What a fantastic accomplishment. A BQ was the thing I totally did not think I was capable of...until it happened. Ha! Now I feel like I can do anything. Even a century, even though I've only ridden half that so far.

Debby H said...

OH You made me cry!!!!!! I started my weightloss journey 3 years ago. Started at 258!!!!!!!! Sometimes I feel like Ill never make it!! I have always admired you as a person and as a runner!!! Such an inspiration to keep going and pushing!!! Thank you!!

Liana Rogue said...

You are amazing!