- I’m leaving for Europe in a week. I’m honestly not that excited nor thinking about it which, I assume, is a good thing because I’m living in the moment and I’m sure I’ll have blast once my vacation starts. I may freak out when I board the plane and finally realize what I’m doing but I’m good for now!
- It’s so like me— I had almost 10 months to plan yet I’m scrambling the last-minute. I just booked my last flight and did a last-minute order for some travel gear on Amazon— hopefully it’ll arrive on time. Oops.
- I’m also going to be cycling up Mont Ventoux a month into my Europe trip and I’m pretty sure I won’t be doing any training for it either. Yep, going to wing it.
- My best friend once forced me to do the Ride to Conquer Cancer (before I got into cycling), and she’s up to her mischief again and somehow talked me into doing Tough Mudder FOUR DAYS after I fly back from Paris. Going to wing that too. She better be ready to carry me through the mud.
- But honestly, I am going to try get in some dreaded running (important for Tough Mudder) during my vacation (which will most likely turn into short sprints). When I get home, I’ll squeeze in a couple of Grouse Grinds and hope I’ll be ready. I have nothing to lose anyway! Tough Mudder is only has hard as you make it to be.
- I’ll be doing my last big [local] climb this Saturday followed by a 70km ride. Hopefully I can squeeze in some short rides early next week but I have a feeling I would rather lift weights and do yoga instead… to keep my metabolism up for my trip. Harharhar.
- My vacation workout plan is filled with 15 minute HIIT workouts, try hit up spin classes whenever I can, the dreaded running and lots of walking. I’ll be bringing my speed rope and golf balls… for massage!
- That reminds me, I should really go say bye to the RMT, which is also an excuse to get a massage.
- The last month, I’ve been lifting a lot of weights, doing a lot of cycling, recovering with tons of Bikram’s and eating fairly clean (only on weekdays as usual) to prepare myself for the massive food fest coming up. I’ve been trying to squeeze in as many workouts as I can and trying to use up my Bikram’s classes before I leave.
- The weather is also getting warmer which means I’m more inclined to wake up earlier to exercise before work. I’m usually up at 5am at least three times a week to either cycle or do hot yoga and that always makes for a great day!
- I’m also watching my friend’s adorable mini goldendoodle, Toby again until I leave. He makes our lives’ so happy!
Today when I was in a lot of pain doing a leg circuit that included heavy Front Squats, Sumo Squats, Step Ups and Wall Sits, I kept on reminding myself that it was suppose to feel like this. My legs were suppose to burn. My muscles were suppose to be tired. I was suppose to be in pain.
It’s suppose to feel like this!!
Before you use this mantra, remember that there are different kinds of pain you may experience during exercise:
- Pain from effort that’s suppose to happen— when you are just so tired and you aren’t sure if you can push on anymore. This pain can be physical or mental but it’s the good pain that means your body is working hard.
- Pain where your body is telling you to stop before you do anymore damage because it maybe associated with an injury. If you are feeling and sharp, intense or chronic pain, stop what you are doing and focus on fixing that problem before continuing your workout.
Make sure you can tell between these two different kinds of pain or you’ll be forced to suspend training until you can nurse that injury. Mantras work so next time, try using one to push yourself even harder!
- Cycling can be hard.
- Unless you are going on an extremely leisurely ride and you have NO intentions on pushing yourself (nothing wrong with that either).
- If you are fitness-minded and always like a challenge, cycling will be hard because of that. And you only have yourself to blame (but the masochist in you have to admit, you love every ounce of pain).
- If you are a newbie or very unfit, cycling will be hard.
- I think mainly because people go into it thinking it will be “easy” (compared to running). And when they realize it’s not, especially when cycling in hilly terrain such as our beautiful Vancouver, they will feel discouraged. And even give up.
- But when you take into account the speeds, distance and time you will go on a bike, it’s going to be comparable or even harder than running.
- I still have really bad rides. On days when I’m over-trained, sore from the gym, just plain tired or not fueled up properly. But I always go anyway and don’t give up because I NEVER think negatively about cycling. And I love it.
- That’s why mindset and thinking POSITIVELY is so important.
- When I go out for rides, all that’s in my mind is that I’m on a way to a stronger and better me… and of course, how much fun I’m having or going to have!
- When I see a hill, all I care about is getting to the top. I don’t think about how hard it will be but when that happens, I simply embrace it.
- If you go on a ride having negative thoughts (eg. OMG this hill is so hard. I’m never going to make it up! I’m going to die!!), then you will never enjoy cycling — you’re not allowing yourself to. Your getting so caught up in the negatives, you refuse to see the positives.
- Remember, hills only last for a little while. And what goes up, must come down.
It never gets easier, you just go faster.
- But seriously, rides don’t always have to be hard and about fitness. Slow down and enjoy those slow leisurely rides around the park or to a destination such as a yummy restaurant and dine, guilt-free.
- Go on group rides because it’s a big, social event where fit and like-minded people get together and have fun!
- You are extremely lucky if you have close friends or significant others to enjoy both harder and leisurely rides with. That’s an easy way to really fall in love with cycling.
- Cycling is for everyone. There are so many different types of bikes, styles and routes to choose from.
- Bikes makes the world a better place!
If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.