Every Day In May

The ElliptiGo Every Day In May (EDIM) challenge is for ElliptiGo riders worldwide to sign up and commit to riding their Go’s either 5,10 or 20 miles every day in May.

“I’m just not going to be able to do that” was my first reaction to the EDIM challenge.

I was away in Norway for starters, then with work commitments all over the UK when I got back it just wouldn’t be possible to do what was required.

It soon became clear that perhaps I could do it though.  The clever team at ElliptiGo were making this challenge as possible as they could by allowing 3 days where you can miss riding and 3 days where you can choose another form of aerobic training.  With 6 days to play with (20% of the month) I came round to thinking maybe I could do it.  Yes it would require some planning, early mornings, travelling with my ElliptiGo and some effort but actually I decided this was totally do-able.

I filled out the EDIM form on the ElliptiGo website sitting in a hotel room on 30th April at 11.30pm at night and I set my alarm for the early the next morning.  I didn’t have my ElliptiGo with me in Norway so I would get up and use an alternative training day pass.

I was staying in Alesund and was at the end of a ski tour trip.  There is a peak over the town that has the most incredible views, I had intended to go up there when I arrived the previous week, but the early departure meant I hadn’t been able to.  I had time in Alesund on my return, but I had blisters on my feet so had decided I wouldn’t do the run up to the view point.  Things had changed now though.  I had committed to the EDIM challenge, I had to do a run, I would strap my blisters and get on with it!

This view was my reward and I was so pleased I did it.

View over Alesund
View over Alesund

The following day I was still in Norway and without my ElliptiGo, I was flying back to the UK later in the day, my feet were too sore to run again, I was tired and had lots of reasons why today I could rest and do nothing.   But now I was signed up to the EDIM challenge and I was committed so when I passed a kayak rental shop I decided that would be a pretty cool alternative aerobic training – a paddle around the coastline.

It was fantastic.

Kayak in Alesund
Kayak in Alesund

Back in the UK and back to my EllitpiGo I was enjoying having to do the distance everyday.

Amazing rainbow during an EDIM Ride
Amazing rainbow during an EDIM Ride

Whatever the weather I had to Go out, so even on rainy, miserable days I completed the miles and not once did I think, I wish I hadn’t of done that!  Every ride I did left me feeling good.

My rides have been varied; I’ve used them to deliver chunks of Toblerone (See Toblerone blog), I have visited Helen and Nick (who set have set up ElliptiGo rental at Draycote Water in Rugby) to do a ride together and I have enjoyed breaking my own speed record on a short circuit I have been doing for a while!

Suunto Movescount Summary May 2015
Suunto Movescount Summary May 2015

Today is the 1st June and I’ve completed the EDIM challenge.  I realised that there were several days when I would have definitely not done the ride had I not made the commitment to the EDIM challenge.  Making a commitment to yourself quietly might work but actually making the commitment to other people, out loud – verbally or by writing it down – makes a HUGE difference.

It’s a simple process > Decide to do it > Commit to doing it > Do it!

It’s so effective that I’ve decided to do another challenge this month – it’s called Every Day In June!  It’s a bit different, with a few friends we’ve committed to eating clean for a month, which means NO SUGAR.

If anyone else wants to join us – you can… You can start on June 2nd!  All you need to do is tell me or tell someone, making the commitment out loud makes a huge difference.