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A Better Ride…

Saturday I whined about a frustrating bike ride.

Every Tuesday I do a group ride with people from our local bike shop. Today I almost had myself talked out of riding. I had some serious negative self talk running through my head all day. “I won’t be able to keep up. How am I ever going to ride 100 miles next month? Maybe I’m not strong enough.”

I find it interesting (and frustrating) that I can allow negative thoughts to suffocate the positive ones. The good news is I did not allow the negative thoughts to win. I’ve learned over the years no matter how convinced I am that I am unable to do something…if I persevere it will be ok and I will succeed.

Today I succeeded. I chose the shorter intermediate ride (with ride to and from the shop it equalled 20 miles). I knew it would be helpful to get a good strong ride under my belt (or riding shorts). And I was right. I felt strong and confident in my riding today. This will squash the negative brain waves and increase the positive ones.

I’m sure there are plenty of therapists that would have a field day analyzing my childhood and making  a judgement on where the crazy negativity comes from…however, I’ve decided rather than spend money on therapy I’ll spend money on biking and choose to be grateful for the courage to ride another day.

Rough Ride

I haven’t taken a ride on my bike for 2 weeks. First a short vacation….then a conference and rain…interrupted my ride time. So this morning I went for a ride. The plan was to hit 50 miles. I came in at 45.5 miles.

This ride wore me out. Somewhere around 20 miles I questioned if I could come close to 50 miles today. My legs felt heavy and exhausted. I was fighting allergies, and my back wasn’t cooperating.

So you might say…what’s the big deal? Well, the big deal is that I am riding my first 100 mile ride on June 4th and I don’t feel ready. My brain is actually in a fight with itself right now. I’m afraid I won’t be ready, yet I know I will do everything possible to be ready.

So here is where the gratitude comes in….I was able to be outside riding today. I was able to spend time doing something I love. I rode with a friend and enjoyed her company. I am fortunate to be able to ride 45.5 miles….even if I felt worn out and fought a headache…I’m still capable of riding 45.5 miles and I know I will conquer the 100 mile ride in June.

So I complained, whined and did a bit of bellyaching….but I know I am a lucky girl and I appreciate this opportunity to express my gratitude.


365 Days of Photos – Day 265 (100 days to go!)

There is a hill at Benbrook Lake that we call “Smiley Hill.” Because some sadistic person spray painted a smiley face at the top of the hill and wrote “Nice Hill”

The thing is, this is the kind of hill that makes vomiting seem pleasant. Its the kind of hill you have to talk yourself all the way up and pray you don’t just fall over because your speed has dropped so drastically!

Needless to say I couldn’t let the success of making it up this hill today pass without celebrating with a photo. Obviously I didn’t take the photo…but I did set up the shot 🙂

Smiley Hill

Smiley Hill