Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Hardest Thing You Can Possibly Imagine: part 4 of 9

Before I left on my expedition to the South Pole I got a lot of advice from people. Biking to the South Pole is a seemingly impossible task. I assume these people were honestly concerned about my welfare. This is part four of nine posts looking at some of the advice I was given.

This statement was actually made after my expedition:

On the plane headed north.
A little frostbit on the face
"Take the hardest thing you can possibly imagine and do that for 40 days, then make it twice as hard and keep going."
— Eric Larsen

Eric had just finished an amazing expedition to the North Pole when he made this statement. I can think of no better statement of what a polar expedition is like. Really though, it is a severe understatement. I think it is impossible to get a feeling of how hard it was biking to the South Pole unless you have done a polar expedition yourself.

If something is easy, everyone will do it. We need to not be afraid to do the truly hard things. The harder the task, the more rewarding the results will be.

I just love to ride my bike.

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