I had no desire to run this weekend. I just didn’t feel like going through the motions… I get that way with running sometimes. Going for a bike ride, on the other hand, now that’s a different story altogether.
So I’m sitting on the couch at about noon yesterday, in my bath robe, a t-shirt and a pair of track pants (that’s right, sexy baby) and I just couldn’t take sitting on my butt any longer. I decided to tough through a cold ride… Maybe ten miles on the goat.
I figured with the sunshine 27 degrees shouldn’t be that bad… And I was right, while I was riding with the wind. I knew I was in trouble when I rode between two open fields and got blasted by a lovely 10 mph cross-wind. My face froze first as on the mountain bike I lead with my nose. I turned north, into the wind and other, um, extremities began to get cold – things that have no business being that cold.
I muscled out eight miles in just over a half an hour and I didn’t enjoy much of it… On the other hand, I couldn’t have taken five more minutes on the couch either.
This is what I meant when I wrote my Obvious Observation post the other day… I can only go a day or two anymore before I start getting stir crazy. This is what happens when I’m in that perfect place where it’s not about battling my will to get out the door, I want to because the benefits outweigh fighting the cold. I think over the next few weeks I’m going to have to invest in some decent cycling tights so it won’t be such a cold struggle next winter.
The important point is this: This too shall pass. The one thing I’m guaranteed is that things, and my attitude towards them, will change. If I hang on and push through the tough times I know I’ll get to a place staying fit isn’t work – it became a way of enjoying life.
The All Seasons Cyclist held a contest to win a Walz cycling cap. The entry requirement was to leave a comment explaining why you needed that cap. I’ve never used a cycling cap but I’ve been very tempted to buy one (I’ve heard they go a long way to keeping the sweat out of your eyes) but my local shop only sells the cotton one’s with the World Champion rainbow on it – wearing that rainbow is said to be a curse unless you’re actually the world champion and it’s my understanding that being the “household champion” doesn’t count. Also I’ve had a thing about only purchasing cycling equipment from my local shop for some time that could be viewed as a little psycho – while I could save money purchasing things online, Matt and the guys at the shop have gone out of their way to help me enjoy cycling and I feel a debt of gratitude that precludes me saving money elsewhere.
My entry, while historically accurate, was hammed up to the point of ridiculousness with the hope that I’d get a good laugh. The responses from some of the other contestants, including one who included a concession of defeat to mine in his entry, was awesome… Seeing that comment, along others from blog friends and others using their entry to “vote” for me, absolutely made my week. To put a cherry on top, I won!
This spring I’ll be sporting a new cycling cap on Tuesday evenings (if the stinkin’ snow ever melts). I would like to extend thanks to the All Seasons Cyclist for being tougher than me, which helps battle those “I wanna quit” thoughts, and for putting on the contest. I would also like to extend my sincerest thankfulness to my blog friends for their support – just reading some of the comments on the announcement that I’d won, let alone the support for my entry, brought an excellent and unexpected feeling of happiness and gratitude to my day.