This seems relevant today. I found this picture that I took over the summer. It was C-man’s first ferris wheel ride. I came upon it yesterday and I was struck by the beauty, but also the metaphor for life that’s happening here.
This also applies to my life as a triathlete. In the past twenty-four hours I have had two challenging workouts. Last night was my weekly power training session on the bike at Elevate Cycles last night. It was tough. I clearly have not been spending much time in the saddle. And then my valentine’s day morning started with a sweaty workout with one of my tri gals at the YMCA. We chose body sculpt at 6 AM. With only about 6 hours of sleep under my head I was groggy.
I can tell you right now that during both of these workouts I was at the bottom of my ferris wheel. I found myself inside my head and guess what I was doing there…. I was giving up.
Last night it went like this:
WTF? Why am I doing this. This hurts, I could be sleeping, eating, drinking, watching tv and the list goes on.
I don’t want to.
You need to pedal 112 miles before you run a marathon. Deal.
Holy s*@!, what…. I am struggling at an hour and a half and I’m going to put in a solid 7ish hours….. The better part of work day on this sucker before I know it.
This morning the story was a little different, but again, some inner self talk was needed to get through the rounds of push ups, etc when I would have rather been sleeping. Right right, push up. Got it. Right.
I forgot how much coming out of the off-season hurts. Not only am I physically not there, but mentally my brain is just not ready to “embrace the suck.” I’m not sure who coined that, but it’s exactly what I need to remember how to do. Because as I reminded myself this morning, no one gets stronger by skipping the work outs.
So in triathlon, I need to remember to get past my fear of the tough work outs. Getting through the tough work outs will make the outcome so much better, stronger, and easier. I have to get past the fear, to enjoy the view. So, I’ll embrace the suck and this will get easier…..