When you start off on a journey, how do you know if you have done all the right preparation for the trip? Did you prepare well? So many times in life when I have prepared well, I do not even think about not preparing well because I am ready for what life throws at me. But how many stories do I have where I did not prepare well and it came back to bite me? Many.
When I am running it usually takes me about 3/4 of a mile to know if I have worn the right clothes on that run. When it is warm it is easy to know this, unless I am overheating I usually picked the right outfit. But, when it is cold, I need to start off feeling cool and be able to warm up just enough to feel comfortable but not hot. If I have layered correctly it will put me in the sweet spot of that not hot not cold place I like to be as a runner.
The South Side Wind – it bites!
The other day I was out for a run and it was around 22 degrees outside. Did I prepare well for this run? Yes and No. After the first 3/4 of a mile I was in great shape, felt warm, not hot or cold. I continued along my winter running route (away from the cold north wind) and made my way through miles 2, 3, and 4 – when I hit the one part of my run that is on the south side of Lake Calhoun here in Minneapolis this is near the end of my run. This part is wide open and just a wind tunnel. It always is a tough place to be the recipient of a north wind. The wind was blowing between 20 and 30 miles per hour and the wind was stinging my face. For that quarter of a mile my running gear did not measure up and I was cold. Even though I did some good preparation, I was not prepared for the high winds that kicked up. I toughed it out and made it through but was happy to see the end of that part of the run.
The Snowy Climb on Sacajawea
A few years ago Danielle and I wanted to climb to the top of a mountain peak in Bozeman, Montana named “Sacajawea.” This is a great hike deep in the woods outside of Bozeman and is a local favorite. It was a beautiful sunny day in the end of July and probably was pushing 80 degrees. We had shorts on and dri-fit shirts – we thought we were good to go. We started up the hike, through the woods and quickly gained a lot of vertical feet as we went up. We soon realized that much of the trail above us was snow-covered – in July. As we got closer to the snow, the temperature kept dropping to where we were really cold. We were not prepared for the temperature to drop to the high 40’s because of the snowpack. We trudged on, but after a while realized we were way to cold, and turned around. I do not like to quit on a hike, but it was clear we needed to head back down.
Two different journeys, two different results. One time, prepared really well with a few unforeseen obstacles, and another time totally unprepared. The longer I am on this earth I realize the process of preparing well is so critical to success in any endeavor. Yes, there are times for pushing ahead and taking a risk, but also there is much to be gained in preparing well.
Do you have a story of when you were prepared for something that came your way?
Do you have a story of when you were not prepared for something that came your way?
I so appreciate hearing from all of you!