To say that the past two weeks have been trying would be a vast understatement. Getting up every morning at 6:15 to be in the saddle ready to ride at 7 AM is not for the faint of heart, making my fellow Challengers a very special group of people. As a unit, we braved and surpassed our physical limits daily, which (perhaps unexpectedly) led to some mental and emotional revelations, as well. Here’s what some of the other CYCos had to say about the road trip:
What was your favorite Challenge moment?
“When Jared said ‘morning sex’ was his challenge motivation.” -Caroline
“The final hill in Keoni’s class on Thursday. I went in with some serious emotions to sweat out. I felt really challenged physically and emotionally all through class and really wanted to stop at some points, but the beat of the music and his encouraging words didn’t make that an option. By the end of the hill I just started crying – it was the most awesome, healing, much-needed moment of release I could have asked for.” -Jessica
“I have really enjoyed the community aspect of CYC and getting stronger together as a team.” -Rachel
What’s something you learned during the Challenge?
“I learned that keeping up the fight through fatigue actually makes things easier. Monday felt like a breeze compared to last week, so I added on bigger turns and bumped up to the 2lb weights today” -Jessica
“Since the start of the Challenge, I’ve learned that my body doesn’t really have the boundaries I’ve always set for it – I can push harder than I thought, wake up at 7am and be okay, and train my body to know that pain is only temporary.” -Danielle
“It’s easier to get through the early morning work-outs if you try to smile through it.” -Caroline
What changes did you make during the Challenge?
“I went into the challenge wanting to get back into my regular cardio routine post-holidays and maybe shave off a couple champagne-soaked pounds. Not only was I 7lbs lighter this morning than I was the day the challenge started, but I unexpectedly changed my eating and social habits as well. I wanted to feel my very best in class every morning so I could soak up every bit of work and fun possible, so I found myself going to bed by 930p every night, saving my wine for the weekend and paying more attention to what I ate and how I felt in class afterwards, tweaking throughout the week to find my best fuel source. It was awesome! I’m super disappointed that it’s coming to an end this week – can’t wait for another challenge to kick off ASAP!” -Jessica
“Getting up to sweat so early in the morning gave me a firsthand understanding of how important a big, balanced breakfast is. I don’t go to class on an empty stomach anymore, and I feel like that’s been setting the tone for the rest of my days to be healthier overall.” -Caroline
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