This Sunday, I told my son we were going to get up early and Mountain Bike. (Last Sunday, I let him sleep in and it got too hot and messed up our workout). We tackled some good size hills on the trail, including my nemesis hill. I used to make it all the way up, but haven’t been able to the past couple of years. It’s such a conundrum; I look forward to the challenge but I know that my legs will be screaming and my lungs will be gasping for air. Well, I didn’t quite make it, although I did get farther than a month ago. The point is that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. Once my legs stopped screaming and I could breathe enough to talk again, I knew I had done something good for myself; I had invested in my health. I don’t know who said “if it doesn’t kill you it will make you stronger”, but I totally agree with it concerning that hill. The point I’m trying to make is that at times you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone in order to make progress. I see many people all day long that no longer have an option; everything they do is out of their comfort zone, and most of the time it’s because they’ve let themselves become too weak or frail. I like options in life. Keep pushing while you still have them.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.