The holidays are over, and now it’s time to get back to the grind. I’ve been very tired this past week and the whole motivation thing was almost nonexistent. All I am seeing in the online world is people training, being coached and gaining miles as well as elevation. I am not. I won’t say that I’m not training, but I don’t have a coach and the past few weeks have not allowed for miles or elevation gain on a bike. . I often fall into the trap of comparing myself to others. “Seriously, Cindy, focus on what you accomplish and be encouraged by others,” I tell myself.
I spent the past few days worrying and second guessing the season before it even starts. I am following athletes from the East Coast and around the country discuss their training from northeastern Pennsylvania. I’m trying to talk myself out of worrying, trying to convince myself that my gym routine is just enough, and that snowshoeing and running are keeping my cardio in check. It wasn’t working. I even went as far as to message Fit Chick – Selene Yeager – to see if she thought getting a coach is needed and if I need to switch up my routine. She was kind enough, as always, to return with a message saying that sure, coaching has its pros, but what I am doing should be fine. She said that I will be “A-Okay” with what I am doing. Phew. Thanks Selene!
You’d think I would wake up in a better mood after last night’s lovely celebration for my husband, who recently accepted a new job. I did not. Today, I stayed in my pajamas, drank my coffee and wallowed in self-pity for most of the day. That’s allowed sometimes, right? My savior today was my dog, Oreo. A nice walk outside and a one-hour stretch of my crazy stiff muscles brought me back! I feel rejuvenated and ready to ride French Creek State Park with some gal pals tomorrow
The point? Don’t worry, be happy. Stop comparing….you are your own. Love yourself.
Staying motivated can be a tricky thing but, I don’t need to tell you that. Motivation can come from different places, and believe me, I drag it out of anywhere I could. Every day I check Twitter a few times to see the posts that Rebecca Rusch, Selene Yeager, Katie Compton and other female pros to see what they are up to. By no means am I even comparable to these amazing athletes but, this is where I get my motivation from and thank you girls for being so awesome. I also get my motivation by seeing my race buddies keeping busy with cyclocross, and knowing that they are still racing and are not losing that edge that I feel like I am for not racing right now. Ugh, stinks living north sometimes.
I started at the gym this week and have created a strength training plan for myself. I searched on bicycling.com’s website for ideas and came across Selen Yeager’s workout videos she has done for them and they are specifically geared for cyclists. I watched them, wrote them down and put them into effect. After three days, the burn is there and the strength will only increase. The gym is a tough place to go, and I really do hate it. I don’t hate many things…..wait, yes I do…but, the gym is awful. The first night was filled with me worrying about who might have been watching me, what if I look stupid or does it look like I’m doing everything right?? Ahh!!! Almost quit……almost. Tonight was much different. I went in with a big not giving a sh*t attitude. This season is about my commitment to me becoming stronger and if I’m going to worry about silly stuff, it won’t happen. Tonight was great and I have found my new attitude towards going to the gym…just do what you have to do and screw everything else.
I will keep riding with buddies until the snow flies and then it will be skiing, snowshoeing and trail running. Let’s all continue to motivate each other since, well, we need it! Thank you to everyone who motivates me, friends, family and yes, the pros..even though they don’t know I exist. Hmmm, maybe someday they will….maybe someday I will be…………
Keep riding all.