I stared at the submit button on the Lifecycle website for about 10-minutes. My mouse hovered over the little rectangle like it was the final red wire on a bomb I was trying to defuse. Sweat slid down my face as I contemplated the repercussions of making the wrong decision. Was I really going to commit to this? Was I ready for a whole year of training? Was it finally time to knock something epic off of my warrior quest list?
“AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. AIDS/LifeCycle 2015 will take place May 31st through June 6th, 2015. Every year, this landmark ride through beautiful California delivers a life-changing experience for thousands of participants from all backgrounds and fitness levels united by a common desire to do something heroic.”
Epic is Hard
Ok, let me start by saying I don’t have a great record when it comes to finishing epic quests. Allow me to geek-out for a moment. For those of you who have never played an online game, epic quests are complicated tasks that require a group of people to accomplish. I always sucked at them because I am incapable of asking for help. I would help everyone else do their quests, but when it was my turn I would panic. Even if someone was offering to help me I would quickly log off or fake some kind of sudden illness.
While all my friends were kicking ass with their cool new epic items, I was running around in noob gear because of my own stubbornness.
This Time Was Different
Okay, enough with the geek fest. The point is in real life I am kind of the same way. I want to get over this issue issue. It isn’t healthy and is counterproductive to the warrior philosophy I’m trying to live by now.
“Nothing really good happens inside your comfort zone” – Michael Hyatt
I did one simple thing to help me hit the submit button.
I sent a text out to everyone I knew and asked them to be on my team. (OMG someone immediately said yes)
I couldn’t back out.
If I Don’t Fear Riding 545+ miles on a bike what do I fear?
I’m not afraid of a 7 day bike ride. I already know I can train for events that challenge me physically. So what has me terrified right now? Possibly one of the scariest words I know. Fundraising MUHAHAHA.
I’m going to have to ask people for help, and ask them for money. The thought makes me shiver. I have to overcome this fear. I want to grow the Woman Warrior Project into an organization that helps women. In order to do that I have got to learn how to do a lot of things that seem scary right now. It is time to get excited!
The AIDS/Lifecycle is a great choice for my first epic quest. It is a kickass event to train for (body), I’m going to learn how to fundraise (mind), and support an awesome cause (spirit).
If you would like to support a great cause please visit my fundraising page.
If you would like to join the Women Warriors Lifecycle Team check us out.
What kind of epic quests do you have planned? What scares you the most?