When you meet me in a group, I come across as quiet and reserved (unless you see me on stage first which is when I really come alive).
However get me talking, and you’ll soon realise that I love fun and adventure especially if you mention cycling …
I’ll never forget sleeping under the stars in Montserrat when we cycled from Bordeaux to Barcelona in just 10 days. Though when I check the website, clearly time is playing with my memory.
However I do very clearly remember looking up at the stars. Maybe it was a painted roof. Or maybe I was delirious having just cycled up to the sanctuary and our first night in a real bed for 10 days. You can see the serrated mountain from miles away. As you get closer, the climb looks tougher and tougher.
We were near the end of a 10 days cycle tour holiday, covering around 50-70 miles each day and camping overnight. My legs hurt. I was sunburnt. I was SO tired. My back was painful (some days I hurt so much I wanted to hurl the bike into the nearest bush). I didn’t think I could do it. But I had to. Dinner (and bed) was at the top.
The climb from the village of Monistrol de Montserrat to the Monastery is about 5 miles. It was the 450+ miles we’d already cycled the 8 days before!
However …. what a sense of achievement when you get to the top! Aching muscles forgotten, Montserrat is stunningly beautiful.
This wasn’t the post I’d planned to write today … but as soon as you talk cycling to me, I start reminiscing about the fun adventures I’ve had.
After all what’s the point of life and a fabulous career without fun and adventure too. To be successful at work, you really do need that sense of fun.
What about you? How do you maintain your sense of fun and adventure?