Is it a lifelong dream?

Hundreds of Bikes on RoadTomorrow I’ll be riding my bike over 100 miles from Portland to Pacific City on the Oregon Coast, as part of the annual event, Reach the Beach.

Someone asked me if finishing a century (100 mile bike ride) has been a lifelong dream of mine. The answer surprised them.


No. You know why? It never occurred to me.

It never occurred to me that I could do it, that it could even be possible for me. It’s the same with climbing a mountain or running a half marathon.

I started trying things I thought I couldn’t do, or wouldn’t enjoy, and guess what? Yes, I surprised myself. Not only could I do them, I loved doing them.

What else haven’t I even considered because it didn’t seem possible?

What about you?

Oh, and feel free to wish me luck. I’m going to need it.

5 comments to Is it a lifelong dream?

  • YAY YOU! Wow. How exciting. Good luck!

  • “I started trying things I thought I couldn’t do, or wouldn’t enjoy,…”

    Wow is right! My brain is just flying with this. Thanks Shannon.

    Good Luck.

    Meanwhile, lots to think about…. :)

  • Congrats on the ride, Shannon!

    Reading your post reminded me of a conversation I had with my husband this past weekend. We were talking about neighborhoods and real estate prices, and I mentioned that back in my twenties, I assumed I would never own my own home. I’d never ever have the means to do that — it was out of the question.

    Fast forward and I’ve been a homeowner twice, and now the renter of a wonderful apartment by choice.

    So the convergence of your post and that conversation has me wondering — what else do I think will never be within reach?

    Thanks for this — xo

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