So, I guess we are not an official team, but the blogs I read from all of you have really motivated me. Shannon's trick of stating aloud the intent of each workout rescued me from losing my focus. I would be pretty hard on myself if I didn't finish my workout to a tee. By simply saying the goal of my workout, I find I remain positive throughout and often finish strong. If I fatigue, it is not so much of a big deal -- I am not so down on myself anymore. I just accept it and move on.
Today I felt completely wiped out. I kept looking outside wondering when it was going to snow and wondering whether I should bike outside or not. I took my bike back into Gord's to get my chain thoroughly cleaned from all the sandy grit that the road barfed up on it during Tuesday's ride, and then resolved to just skip my workout. I rationalized it to myself as thus --
"I only have to ride for 50-60 minutes, and if I am tired I should just rest. After all, I'm racing on Sunday and I don't want to be tired." I resigned myself to sitting at the computer and blog-reading when something strange started to happen. Slowly my motivation came pouring back into me. I read how Jenna woke up at 5:30am with a throbbing tooth to go for her run; and how Keith got up at 4:00am to run his first 1.5 hour long run. I had just started reading about Kelly's miserable run (which in spite of everything, she forged ahead and completed)when I got off my duff and hooked my bike up to my CT.
This isn't the first time I have drawn inspiration from you guys -- Susi has been one hell of an inspiration to me too. Kelsey too. And Chuck, and Alan, hell everyone!!!!
I guess this is the power of team training. It goes beyond mere commiseration -- it revs you up, it doesn't bring you down. I felt my negative resignation fall away and be replaced by a positive energy. I forgot to say the intention of my workout until 20 minutes in, but that was OK. I had already decided to use Shannon's other little trick of breaking the workout into tiny pieces. I thought, I'll just pedal for 1 set of 175-200W and then take it easy and then stop. One set led to two sets which led to three sets, and then four. Well, before you know it, I had done my whole workout, but more importantly had turned the negative into a positive.
"Everyone!! The Pain Train has left the building! We are now boarding the Happy Bus!!" LOL!!!
I have often given lip service to the cliche that the mind is a powerful tool, but I am continuously surprised at just how powerful our minds are.
Thanks for inspiring me everyone!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)