It seems over the last few months the virtual world is taking over my own. No, that doesn’t mean I’m living in a holodeck (but that would be awesome), it means that everything I used to do in the outdoors is now done “virtually”.
My daily workouts used to be a form of dance and kickboxing combined called Turbo Jam. (LOVE IT, Charlene Johnson: creator and instructor) but now I’m in my VR playing a game called Beat Saber. Strap on some wrist weights and get my squat on and an hour in the VR is as fun and sweaty as 45 minutes with Charlene.
Then those 5 km races I did, as well as a couple of 10k and attempts at a couple marathons and half marathons. These are all done virtually now. All the races, due to covid, have been cancelled, well turned virtual. You sign up, pay the dues, get your swag, including your medal, and your expected to do the race on your time at your pace whenever you want. It’s a system that no one actually checks to see if you’ve completed it. An honour system if you will.
I’ve signed up for at least 10 virtual races in the last few months. I’ve accumulated well...probably very close to 1200km. I haven’t done a fraction of that yet. Well that’s not entirely true I’ve done 171km’s.
I’ve received almost all my medals in the mail, but there are two races I won’t see the medals for until I complete those kilometres and record them with the company. These companies are The Virtual Missions and The Big Canada Run. I’ve been doing the Alps to the Ocean race with Virtual Missions, its 289kms. I’ve got 118 left. When I’ve completed and recorded those distances (daily count) they will send my medal to me.
The second race, The Big Canada Run, from NL to BC is 800km. (Yes I know it’s much farther than that, but because I’m doing it solo I only do 800k. Those in teams have to do 8000k.) This run doesn’t start until July 1st. I have a year to complete it. As I’m racing through these two beasts I’ll also be marking my time for the other virtual medals I have accumulated but technically did not earn. (I know, I know. But it’s such beautiful bling!)
The plan is to work my way through one medal at a time to earn the km’s they add up to. The bottom row is all virtual medals. Two of them I have completed, my first Virtual Missions races, the Hadrian Wall and the Inca Trail. I earned those two bad boys, did the work. The rest are just looking pretty.
I will remove the bottom row and add them back as I earn the kms. It’s important to find ways to motivate yourself. No matter what it is you’re trying to accomplish. Take everything in stride, make reachable goals and continue to bypass them.
It’s how we improve and grow. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, rise to the challenge, and become stronger for it.
Stay safe, Stay healthy, Love always.
I have a tendency to ramble when talking to friends. I figured why not share my ramblings here with you nice people!