In the athletic world, challenges often times bring about positive change!
Have you ever contemplated doing an athletic event that would test your limits? A great friend and fellow athlete, has decided to do just that! Daniel Espinoza has signed up for the Pace Bend Ultra directed by Holland Racing. He is planning on riding 12 hours this weekend (in one day) and testing his limits to see how many miles he can complete within that time frame.
You might be thinking to yourself…WHAT! That is crazy! Well, even I (a 2x Ironman) thought the same thing when he told me he wanted to do this, yet I was excited for him and to be a part of his journey. Over the last few months as he has been preparing for this challenge both physically and nutritionally (nutrition is where I came in). It has been inspiring to watch his progress and achievements. He has been so dedicated to training and making lifestyle changes in order to be successful and to achieve his goal. This weekend will hopefully be all about having fun because the work has already been put into place.
Daniel was willing to comment on his upcoming race…”I’m a little nervous about the race because I have felt really good on my training rides. I am excited to see what I can do in 12 hours this weekend. I named my bike Phil 4:13. ‘I can do everything through Him who gives me strength’. Philippians 4:13.”
I hope his story has inspired you to seek out that athletic event you have wanted to complete, but haven’t committed too yet.
If you have been contemplating taking on a particular challenge but haven’t pulled the trigger, I want to challenge you to do so. One of my motto’s is “There is no time like the present.” Don’t let fear or the unknown keep you from improving yourself and committing to a new challenge. Every time we step outside of our comfort zone, consider it an opportunity to grow and better yourself. Whether you feel as though you succeeded or not in the challenge, just being willing to take on something new is a success. Learn from the experience and use it as motivation to keep moving forward!
To learn more about the Pace Bend Ultra, click HERE. The race location is 30 minutes west of Austin and offers a 6, 12 and 24 hour ultra-marathon style bike race. If this seems like something you would be interested in completing and need nutritional guidance, feel free to contact me. I would love to help design a plan and be a part of your journey as well!