Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bit the bullet - surprisingly, I felt good.

After feeling dodgy yesterday and waking up to a "stiff as a board" neck this morning,rainy skies and children with head colds I decided I had two choices. The first was to sit around and mope and feel sorry for myself or get on my trainer like I said I would, and just DO IT. So I just did it - got the kids all sorted out, did my regular stretching and strengthening, tidied up the house as I wanted no distractions and set myself the task of riding the trainer for an hour. The stretching I did previously made my legs feel wonderfully ready to start spinning. Usually they feel a bit tight and fatigued after only 10 minutes of pedalling, but this morning they felt great.
ItalicThis inturn had a wonderful "Pay it forward" effect on the rest of my body. The more I pedalled the more invigorated I felt. The hour flew by without really realising it, even the kids were like "What the? Have you finished already?". Maybe the monotonous hum of the trainer as I plodded along made them fall asleep. I can't blame them really for getting bored. I, on the other hand, got alot out of today.

Realisation: I got it together today when it was so much easier to give in. This has made me feel extremely empowered and I trust me even more than I did before. I know my thoughts will never let me down, so when push comes to shove in the days ahead that will be harder than I can even imagine - I know I will be STRONG and push through anything.

I remember when I was younger and a competitive swimmer I thrived on the coach pushing me and making me try harder than most of the other kids my age in the squad. I moved up from the junior squad to senior squad in less than a year and I think it was because I had a bit of grunt in me. You would never have thought so, I was the smallest and skinniest but I was all for making my coach happy and I loved the feeling of being good and accomplishing something others thought I couldn't. Looks can be deceiving.

Now I know that I can achieve anything I set my mind too, even when I don't feel all that great. Now I know I am strong and everyday I am getting stronger - especially when I am faced with days like today. I should bite the bullet more often - it's amazing what you will learn


  1. The body can be amazing but the mind more so. Nicely done.

  2. I am so glad I knuckled down and just did it Patrick.I feel so much better for it physically but most of all mentally.

  3. Look at you, sitting in the aero position, like a true triathlete.

    What I have notice, people train for swimming, biking, running, and even nutrition. Not many train the mental aspect of the sport. I am a strong believer to training about the mental part, bad workouts are also mental toughness workouts, those days will do wonders on race day when you start to reach a dark spot of the race.

  4. Mental endurance need to be trained just like everything else - nice going, Barb.

  5. Kovas, according to Barbie's countdown clock we have 340 days, 2 hours, 4 minutes, and 46 seconds (give or take due to our wave start) to convince the wives this needs to happen and get to Port Macquarie.

  6. BDD: thanks for the comment about looking like a true Triathlete. I am trying :)

    Kovas: It sure does - now that winter is on it's way I should be an expert come spring :)

    Patrick: How awesome would that be :)


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