Yes and mostly yes.
This past summer I set a few "stretch" challenges. These challenges provide motivation to stay active and keep up some of my routines even though the school year is over.
There is usually a challenge designed to help me still be able to fit into my school pants at the start of the year. This summer there were two of these.
The first challenge was to stay in good enough shape to hike in the Porcupine Mountains for a few days and feel good about it.
Goal accomplished. We had a great hike and I felt great during and after.
The second challenge was to complete the Penninsula Challenge metric century ride (62 miles). My training was pretty consistent with my longest ride being 50 miles. We rented a tiny house, the day was beautiful, and then we had our "two roads diverged in the woods" moment.
Long story short, we chose the road that led us back to the finish line covering a little less than our planned distance. We finished on the 54-mile route instead.
I'd call it a challenge mostly completed.
The way I see it, setting a challenge and working to meet it is far better than not setting a challenge at all even if you fall a little short.
P.S. - My pants still fit, but the fit is a little tight 🙂.