In 3 weeks I will be riding 100 miles from Boston MA to Hyannis Port MA.
Today I rode 56.61 with my friend Rachael (she is also doing the 100 miles). We completed the 56 miles in 3:55:57. This means we will hopefully finish the 100 miles in less than 8 hours.
We only have one more long ride between now and June 4th. It will be an organized ride of 63 miles.
Today I lost my “umph” during the last 10 miles. I kept riding and I continued to push myself…but I was beat!
Why do we push ourselves to do physical activities that are painful?
I realize not everyone does this…but for those of us that do….why?
For me it has something to do with proving to myself that I can do certain activities. I need goals to reach. I need obstacles to knock down and I need challenges that are just out of reach.
I know I mentioned not long ago how my negative talk was trying to convince me to give up. My own brain was working against me. I like the saying “The hardest part of working out is putting on your gym shoes.” Well I think the hardest part about accomplishing certain goals is “the ability to ignore my own negative talk.”
I felt strong today…I beat “Smiley Hill”, I rode 56.61 miles and most importantly I strapped duck tape over my own negative words and chose to be successful.
I am thankful for my ability to be strong, even when my brain is trying to convince me I am weak.