How do I train for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
Some of the scenery  as I train for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

This morning I have arrived at work, high on a drug called adrenaline. I am sitting at my desk, writing this as my very being is in overdrive. I could conquer the world right now. I went up to a friend of mine and asked if I look like I am on drugs. He looked into my eyes and said “yes”.

So how did this come about? Two days ago I got on my bike and went for a training ride. I am currently training for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. A challenge where cyclists cover a 160km loop of New Zealand's, Lake Taupo. 2019 will be my 4th time doing the race in as many years.

My training ride went for 135km. This ride was never about improving speed as I knew it was going to be windy. My intention was to go for a long slow ride that would be mentally challenging. As much as I was training my body for endurance, I was preparing my mind for what will be intellectually challenging.

The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is as mentally demanding as it is physically. It has hill after hill for the first 90km. By the time I get to the 120km mark, I know that pain will start to kick in. My lower back will start to get sore. The reverse side of my left arm will hurt. Yes, even my bottom will get ache. I will experience pain. Pain that I will need to work through.

These conditions are not something that I can train for overnight; they require consistency over time. It is like that with any personal development. It is about consistency over time. So far this year, I have ridden over 4,000km. Small amounts, consistently over the year enabling me to achieve something big. The Taupo Cycle Challenge.

As I reflect on my training, I think about how I can apply this to the rest of my life. There are things that I need to commit to doing every day so that over time I can become good at them. Call it "practice" if you will.

In a few weeks, I have been asked to play my trumpet at church. There will not be any accompaniment. It will be me, the lone trumpeter. When I was younger I use to practice for many hours a day. Something that changed when I began working. I already know that I am going to need to practice if I want to sound good on the day. I cannot just practice the day before. I need to start now by doing a little bit every day.

As I plan for the week ahead, I am thinking about the small things that I need to do every day that will help me to achieve at my personal best. I am thinking about the things I need to do to ensure that I live a life where I am continually growing. My challenge to anyone reading this is exactly that, what are the things you are doing to ensure that you grow every day?