It's June 10 today. We are officially only 15 days away from the furthest point on the calendar from Christmas! As I sit here at my desk and write to you today, I'm staring out the window at some gorgeous (and long awaited!) sunshine, near 80* temperatures, and I've gotta say, Christmas is about as far away in my thinking as it is on the calendar.
But, I've got a little analogy for you today if you, like me, are tempted to set your Christmas planning aside in favor of, well, more seasonal activities.
I was out riding my bike early this morning , a very summery thing to do, and I thought back to last month, my first month back in the saddle after a very long Minnesota winter. I decided to ride 100 miles in May, and if you're a cyclist you know that isn't a very large goal. But, it was cold here, we even had snow early in the month, and starting out slow but consistent seemed like the right thing to do. You can do the math too if you want, but here it is: riding every day to reach 100 miles in the month is just a tad over 3 miles a day...about a 15 minute easy ride.
Most days in May that I rode, I was chomping at the bit to do more, but knowing myself too well, I paced my miles. I've done it differently in the past, jumping in too hard and too fast and ending up injured or burnt out. So, that was the plan, 3-4 miles a day to reach 100 for the month. And, I'm happy to report that I met my goal with a few miles to spare. And I got stronger, too.
So in June I stepped it up to 200 miles. You see, my ultimate goal for the entire summer is a big one . . . 1000 total miles. That isn't going to happen overnight, and it works best when the work is spread out and I build my endurance over time. The last thing I want to do is get to August and September and have to ride 50 miles a day to meet my goal. Talk about stress and burn out.
So, the moral of the story is that when your plans are large and expansive, start early. Start when nobody else is starting . . . ESPECIALLY when nobody else is starting, and it will pay off. I didn't see anyone else out there on our snowy May day riding, and thankfully I didn't have to be out there that long with only 3-4 miles to do. :)
We have BIG plans for Christmas 2013. We know we can't wait until December to start dreaming and planning and creating or else we'll end up stressed and burnt out. So, go out and enjoy the sunshine if it's showing it's beautiful face where you are. Take in the best this season has to offer. But, remember this proven principle:
Do the work others aren't willing to do, and you'll get the things others will never have.
Merry Christmas planning!