This week, I’m riding across the state on a bicycle with tens of thousands of my friends. I think this is a great word for the week - determined. People keep asking me, “are you going the whole week of Ragbrai?” In my mind, I didn’t think I really had a choice.
When I think of the word “determined”, I think resolute and single-minded. For me (this is for me, if it doesn’t pertain to you, scroll on) - if I’m not 100% going to do something, I’ll fail. It’s like when I used to run - if I had to stop for any reason, my mind would tell me, “hmmm, you’ve now failed so you might as well stop and take a nap”. And I would because naps are glorious.
Being determined and accomplishing goals is a beautiful thing. I feel so great after. My goal is to typically finish the task at hand. It isn’t necessarily coming in first place or the top 5% -- it’s finishing. I know me, and if I don’t do something to completion, I won’t feel good. So yes, with Ragbrai this week, I’ll complete it and help others who set the same goal to complete it as well. I’m determined.