12047120_10153683431794936_2391056353832340374_nOne of the things I like best about riding is that it gives me a chance to clear my head and to get rid of some of the stresses of family life, raising kids and a sometimes stressful job.  That’s one reason why I actually enjoy riding alone a majority of the time. On a a recent  solo training ride I was being somewhat introspective and I realized a few things that I wanted to share with you.

The first thing I have realized is that I’ve started to feel as though the regular riding and training I have been doing is starting to pay off and my endurance and speed is starting to increase.  I am keeping up and riding comfortably with groups I struggled to keep up with last year.  That’s a great sign of my fitness coming back from “my retirement”.

Second, on days I don’t ride, I am feeling the itch to ride.  This tells me that my mind and body are getting used to regular riding and I am becoming an athlete again.  Missing a daily workout is something that puts me in a bad mood and makes me feel blah. The rush of dopamine that you get from riding, or running, the “runner’s high” is said to be as addictive as heroin and when you don’t have your fix… you really feel like you are missing something.

The third thought I had this week during a training ride and the most profound is that there is no way I can finish the Leadville 100 MTB on August 13th!  This thought leaves me terrified, scared, intimidated and motivated at the same time. I know for a fact that if I had to do the race tomorrow I wouldn’t make the cut off (12 hours) or even the checkpoints.  Have you ever felt like there was something so daunting and challenging that you simply couldn’t accomplish it?  For me, this is the first time in my life I feel as though there is something so daunting and challenging standing in my way that I can’t do.  Well, that’s today… tomorrow? Thats’ a different story.

Qualifying for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships

Trying to qualify for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships seemed challenging to me, but not impossible.  Maybe that first day that I got the goal in my head to qualify for Hawaii it was impossible.  But with hours upon hours upon hours spent swimming, cycling and running I was able to build up the point that I could not just complete the Hawaii Ironman but compete in the Ironman.

The Promise of Tomorrow 

Today is today and who we are and what we have become is everything leading up to today.  What we are and what we become in the future are presumably two different things.  I read somewhere the quote, “If you are the same person tomorrow that you are today, you have missed out on an opportunity for growth”. This change in fitness, from where I am today to where I need to be many tomorrows from now, on August 13th will hopefully be a major change and will propel me to the finish line.  Let’s face it, as an athlete, if you don’t train hard and eat right today… you won’t be able to accomplish your goals in the future.  When you have a goal that’s so far above your current ability level and fitness level every day counts and every workout leads to that goal.  This applies to more than just fitness goals.. it applies to all facets of ones life.

So today… I’m not a sub 12 hour finisher of the Leadville 100 MTB but with a lot of training… and some luck… I will be.

Will you be the same tomorrow? Or someone better than today’s self?  It’s up to you… and only you.

If you would like to show your support for T4 Global, the non profit I am raising money for while I train for the Leadville 100… you can click here to donate or join us on May 19th at Oak Highlands Brewery to watch the movie Race Across the Sky and have a beer.Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 3.47.27 AM

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