What keeps you going?

My morning road ride got me to thinking, what keeps you going?

As the hill loomed ahead, I was stopped at a safe side of the road resting and catching my wind.  Having come down Kenneth, the road was clear but as I rested I could hear the train getting closer to crossing at 159 and Kenneth. As I looked up the long hill, I realized this is going to give me extra needed space on the narrow road.  Quick!! time to get back on the bike and start peddling.  Push.  Don’t stop until the top. You can do it.

My head said I could do it!  My legs were doubting my head.  My breathing was ready to agree with my legs.  My head kept us going.  Just a little further.  You can do it.  and suddenly we were there. Head exploding and legs saying I told you so, but still we were there at the top of that little Kansas hill. As i got off the bike, a jeep passed me on the way down.  He looked me straight in the eye and gave me a thumbs up.  I smiled and thumbs up back that I was a-okay. yeah!!  I made it!! Thumbs up is right!  In the distance you could hear the train guards dinging that they were about to go up.  That was the end of my break.  It was time to get back on the bike and finish my ride.

As i’ve trained these last 12 weeks, I’ve broken down the “I can do it” into small increments.  If can run just to the next signpost.  I can do this hill and then take a break.  I can get to the gym even if it is only for a smaller workout.  I know I will feel better after accomplishing my goal.  Even if it is that smallest goal of running to the next sign post.  I did it.  And that means the next goal won’t be so insurmountable that I won’t try.

So then.  What keeps you going?  What do you want to try next?

 

 

Just how long does it take??

the older you get the longer it seems to take to get back into full swing.  It doesn’t matter if you are sick, sleep deprived or injured.  It takes the amount of time it takes.  I do find that my patience for letting my body heal has grown over the years.  I am not in such a quick hurry to jump back him.

Let yourself recover and your body will tell you when it’s ready to go full steam again.