New Zealand Smiddy Challenge

New Zealand Smiddy Challenge

I’ve recently committed to the New Zealand Smiddy Challenge. A five-day adventure that will see me cycle over 700 km, with 7000 vertical metres of climbing.

As I was signing up for this, lots of thoughts were going through my mind – can I do it, am I strong enough, do I have a true commitment to training etc.

It was obvious to me that to ensure I am successful I need to have a plan of attack. I need the right tools and resources available for the job at hand. I have to set some goals to get started as I only have 15 weeks to train.

This made me think how similar this is to rolling out Salesforce – given the time frame I liken this challenge to our Quick Start Program. A good Salesforce implementation involves 7 key steps:

  1. Listen
  2. Plan
  3. Build and Iterate
  4. System Testing
  5. Train and Rollout
  6. Help and support
  7. Ongoing Advice

This challenge is really no different – just some things come in a slightly different order (I am sure I will be getting the help from my physio quite regularly!).

So why am I doing this?

There are lots of reasons, but primarily it is to raise funds for cancer research.

As part of the Smiling for Smiddy peloton, I will be using my passion for cycling (or should that be my madness) to raise money to fight this devastating disease. I have a target of $2,500 to raise by March 2016.

So for this challenge, my objectives are:

  • To be physically and mentally ready for this ride by mid-March 2016
  • To raise $2,500 in support for cancer research
  • To successfully complete the ride in one piece
  • To stay married to Kevin who is doing this challenge with me

Sounds easy right? The question now is how I am going to do meet these goals?

As I am in the planning stage, this week I have been busy doing some of the basics:

  • Getting my head in the right space
  • Creating a fundraising page
  • Booking flights
  • Booking time off work (gotta love supportive workplaces so a big thanks to Jason and the team at Salesfix)
  • Thinking of some ideas on how to raise funds
  • Getting my bike serviced (haven’t ridden since May)
  • Going to a spin class or two to kick off my training

Over the next few weeks, I will be putting together a detailed training plan and set some short term goals to meet. I struggled this morning in spin so I have a lot of work to do and it’s only 15 weeks away!

I intend on updating this blog with my training progress and ultimately share the details of my successful ride. Wish me luck.

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