Often when people hear that I’m a cyclist, or that I’ve gone for a 20 or 50 or 75 mile bike ride, the comment I get is, “Oh… what are you training for?” Um… nothing.
The assumption is that if I went for a long bike ride, there must be some reason… some race or organized ride that I’m going to do. Nope. I just like to ride. I like being in shape. I like getting better and faster. It’s not event driven. It’s because I like it and I like what it does for me.
That said, if you’re the kind of person that needs a future event to get motivated and stay on track, go for it. Find an event a few months or a year in the future and start doing what you need to do to achieve that goal. If your goal is a 50, 60 or 100 mile bike ride or a 5k or 10k run, and you haven’t done one before, it’s not likely you’ll get that done without some “training”.
Just make sure it’s something you like doing. Because if it’s not, when that event passes it’s unlikely that you’ll stick with it.