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Happy MONDAY! TGIM! QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~ Zig Ziglar THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I set a personal goal to ride my bike 42 miles in my 42nd year of life. I wanted to do this goal soon after I turned 42 but the holidays were a busy time and I was not able to do it then. I put it off for a while but still had it in the back of my mind. Over the summer I felt like it was too hot to achieve this goal so when the cooler weather hit I felt like it was the perfect time to do this. It required me to ask my wife to agree to give me about 4 hours on a Sunday morning off and then a route to do it. It would be a really cool bonus to have another rider with me. I sent out some text messages to my biking group and they said they could maybe join me. The weekend of this event I still did not have a definite go-to person. I prayed about it and asked God. I said Lord please help me find another rider. After I tried my personal friends and those plans didn’t work out. I was searching desperately for another person to come. I texted friends. I posted on my Run Matt Run page but no one responded. At some point on Saturday morning, I felt like I heard God say – just wait and let my plans unfold. I was like OK GOD. I will wait and see how this will unfold. You see I am a planner. I like to know the plan ahead of time. The plan that happened was a great plan and totally worked. Karen texted the group text on Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. that she could ride the downtown loop. I said great, let’s do it. We set up a time and it happened. The joy, and fulfillment, and elation, and adventure and fun of completing the goal were all there. It was so cool. I even randomly ran into my wife and kids who had a play date at the park at mile 40.5. They were cheering me on as I passed them. Anna wanted me to stop and so I did and we talked for a minute or two. What a fun way to start the day! The ride itself wasn’t that hard. There were a couple of hill climbs but nothing crazy. Karen and I had the same “sense” of direction and rode by feel instead of an exact planned out route. I am kind of directional challenged. But we figured it out! What are some of your goals? You still have time to do them by the end of the year! Once you started setting goals and completing them it makes you realize how capable you actually are and how amazing your body is. For me, the event in my head, is always bigger and harder, than the actual event itself. Such was the case for this. Happy Monday! From Coach Matt p.s. Our family made it to the pool this weekend and was a great joy! AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 1) Today I will take a big step toward reaching my goals. 2) My mind is energized, clear and focused on the process of my goals. 3) I free myself from the doubt and pessimism that keep me from achieving my goals. Share the Matt’s Motivational Monday love: 1) Support Matt’s Motivational Monday here 2) Or share this e-mail with a friend who might need some motivation or encouragement this day!

Garmin DATA Of the RIDE

Me at the end of my 42 mile RIDE.

Karen and I near the end of the RIDE


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