Last year I signed up for a 106 km cycle event including a monster climb, without barely having done more than city biking with a foot-break bike... My feelings varied from super excited to nervous, angry (with myself for signing up!) and positive, optimistic even!
I bought a road bike and started my training, but to be honest, didn't focus as much as I would have wanted to. The night before I checked my gear until my cycling partner and brother told me to stop it haha :D I managed the whole 106km in the end and had a great time in general (but at points horrendous experience). Afterwards I felt euphoric, dehydrated and every bone in my body was aching. More about my exciting and hurting journey here.
A week after the race, I signed up to do it again. So Sunday is GO TIME! This time around I feel more comfortable on the bike, I'm used to breaking with my hands, I know where the gears are (seriously didn't understand them last year), and I can clip my feet of the pedals without falling (big victory!). I'm looking forward to a nice ride in good company. But yes, my body will hurt again.
Challenging yourself is exciting, and makes exercise so much more fun. The health benefits and the positive mental effects are priceless! Find a challenge that suits YOU- something small on a weekly basis like trying a new class or sport, or perhaps something bigger like a sportive event or a race. Listen to your body, and do something that excites YOU!
Ps. Picture from hill training in Malaga this spring