I have been asked this question a few times…I don’t think I am, but I guess if you are going to spend 102 days basically alone on a bike, peddling 8000km, camping the majority of the way you must have a couple screws loose?
It appears to me that we lose sight of the bigger picture in life, not that I have any clue what that looks like, but we tend to be so focused on the immediate of our lives that we miss the future as it passes us by. I think fondly of my University years, as I am sure we all do. Very few cares in the world, full of opportunity and optimism, scared to death of the real world, soaking in friendships, education and too much beer (well maybe some things don’t change?). That changes to stress at work, money, will I get that promotion, kids schedules and marriage stress, to name a few. I found myself caught in a lot of this. Not to say that it doesn’t come with the territory of responsibility, just too much focus on things I have no control over have caused a loss of focus. Does this ring true for you?
This journey is for me to help reset my compass, to appreciate what I have and what I can control, to see where my physical and mental limits reach. I am very fortunate to have the time, health and ability to attempt this journey and want to make the most of it, sharing it with my friends, family and colleagues along the way.
Cheers and be well