I had the best intentions of writing up the stories of my cross-NL adventure and sharing them here, but life has been very full. I also found myself in a bit of a daze following the journey and did not allow myself the rest and self-care that I probably needed. I was fatigued and suffered from tendonitis of the achilles and my right arm. But time has helped and I haven't been on the bike so much, which is probably for the best, although it doesn't always feel that way.
Anyhow, I recently signed up for a month-long challenge on Strava called The Escape Plan. It's nothing too taxing - it requires you to do at least 25-minutes of recorded activity for at least 5 days a week every week in September. It seems like such a simple thing, and not really that challenging, but it has created a new goal for me that has me feeling quite motivated to complete it. Sometimes I really believe I get in my own way by creating extreme conditions that set me up for failure. With this, it's quite simple and very do-able, even on days when I am busy with work or the weather is bad.
I've also found myself hitting the trail for some running. Well, walk/runs at the moment, as I build up my lungs again and try to manage my asthma through what is probably the hardest sport for me. So far I'm really enjoying switching it up and feeling like I'm making progress. I'm enjoying the fresh air and feel like I'm taking advantage of the nearby trails.
For anyone still curious to read the reports, I did start to write them. I'm on day 5 out of 7 but still in draft form. I'm sure I will finish them at some point and will share when I do.