Hi folks. Ron Dickinson here of Dickinson Investment Advisors. I want to let you know that next week, I’m going to be out of the office participating in RAGBRAI. Now in case you don’t know what RAGBRAI is, it’s the world’s largest state-organized bike ride where we have at least 10,000, even up to 15,000 riders on their bicycles going across Iowa for 450 miles in 90-100 degrees of heat. What fun that is!
At this point, you might be thinking to yourself, “Are you nuts, man? I mean my butt hurts after only 10 miles!” Well, I want to let you know a little secret.
Every spring when I go out for a 10-mile ride, my butt hurts too. But I learned that if I really want to accomplish this, that it’s all in the preparation. I’ve learned that if I go out for 40 different training rides and get in at least 1,000 miles of training, I will be ready.
Now if I don’t do this work, and if I don’t get myself ready, it’s going to be a miserable experience because I’ve been there. But if I do the work, if I plan and prepare my body and my mind, it’s actually a fun event. It’s even easy.
You know, I feel like a teenager again and my only responsibility is to wake up in the morning and go ride my bicycle. Oh, and don’t forget, I eat pie. I mean small town, church lady pie. That’s what RAGBRAI is all about. You can eat all kinds of junk during the weekend, and you don’t gain weight because you’re riding so much. That’s a win-win if you ask me.
I think this is a little bit like retirement. If you work with someone that has a proven plan, a plan of success, it doesn’t have to be scary. It doesn’t have to be a miserable experience.
If you prepare your finances well, it can be a lot of fun. Now that’s what Dave, Tom and I do here at Dickinson Investments. We help you prepare for and execute a retirement that is worth living. Now isn’t that what you really want?
Now, don’t worry. Dave, Amy, and Julie on our team, they don’t ride bicycles. So while I’m out riding my bike, our office will be fully staffed, all while I’m pretending to be age 13 again.