It all started a few years ago when I decided to add running to my workout routine. I needed some sort of cardio to add to the weight lifting I was already doing. So I broke down and got fitted for some running shoes. I was hooked. The only problem with me getting hooked on something is that it ALWAYS leads to more. First it was running shoes. Then it was a bunch of wick away shorts, tanks, short and long sleeve shirts, hats, gloves, leggings, ear thingies for when it gets cold, a jacket, a Garmin, special socks, and the list goes on and on.
The running then led to cycling. I already had a mountain bike but decided after getting passed by other cyclists that my mountain bike just would not do. I ended up buying a Cannondale Road bike. Once again, I was hooked. But that purchase led to other purchases. Once I had the bike, I needed a helmet, gloves, cadence for the Garmin, Garmin holder that attaches to the bike, clipless shoes and pedals, padded butt shorts, and the list goes on and on.
These 2 cardio activities did something to me. It made me realize that this can be fun but I want a bit of a challenge from time to time. I want something to strive for. That is when I started running one race a month. Then that turned into training for half marathons, training for duathlons and riding in cycling events. This stuff costs money. I am shelling out $$$ every month on these events. But you know what? You know the beauty of all this? I love every minute I am on my bike. I love every minute I am running up and down those hills. I love the fact that my entry fee into each event I register for goes towards something that is bigger than me. It goes towards something that means more than if I place 1st in my age group. It means more than if I beat my time from last month. My entry fee goes towards a cause that otherwise may get very little exposure. It is always bigger than me and I can honestly say that I love being dwarfed by that and it just makes me feel happy.