I really wanted to publish another post before I leave tonight to adventure in Maui but I have no time so I will leave you with a picture of beautiful Vancouver…
Until next week. Ta-ta!
Why would you put yourself through 2 hours of painful cycling in spandex, hunched over a road bike, trying to ignore the chafing while your legs burn and your lungs scream for air… when you could be leisurely cycling the Seawall on a cute Dutch bike with a pretty basket? Why wouldn’t you call it a day after a day of heavy squats and deadlifts but instead you get the dying urge to do a finisher with 100 burpees and suicide lines? Because you live and dream exercise and sweat… you are addicted. You are a fitness maniac just like I am.
I love exercise but I am constantly struggling with balance and recovery. It’s hard to have rest days when you just want to do some shameless gym-ratting or go for a nice long bike ride …but I am not of those those “no days off” fitness addicts idiots. I realize the importance recovery plays in your fitness regime and growth and try really hard to not overwork my body. But it’s really hard.
I struggle the most during spring and summer— especially now that the sun is out and Grouse Grind is opened. There is just so much to do! Cycling, Grouse Grinding, the occasional running so I can be ready for Tough Mudder, weightlifting… there is no time for rest!! Or so it seems.
I want to put in more miles on my bike but I also want to hit the gym to do my intensive full-body conditioning circuits and also increase my weights during leg day (I don’t split train but I do dedicate at least one day a week for squats and one for deadlifting). I struggle to find the balance to do it all without being sore or in pain every single day. I plan all my workouts before the week starts but I sometimes find myself straying because a supposedly leisurely bike ride turns into an intense one and then my legs turn into jelly when I try to squat or deadlift.
And that is one reason why I’m not the girl who lifts the heaviest weights or is the fastest on a bike… I like to dabble in everything because it makes me happy. I don’t care if I’m not the best but I already know I’m trying my hardest and I’m fit, healthy and happy.
When this addiction started, I was at the gym way too much but these days, I’ve toned it back… although I was struggling to find the balance between lifting and cycling earlier this year. Now, I’m starting to realize that my goal was to be fit, healthy, be able to eat whatever I want and and to look good (this is where my vain self kicks in) and what I’m doing is already good enough for me. I don’t need to hit any PR’s at the rack or a Strava segment because to me, those numbers are temporary gratification and doesn’t benefit my long-term happiness. Some trainers argue that you should always exercise with a goal or a plan in mind but why can’t you exercise simply for enjoyment? I think this issue will always be a struggle but I’m working it out.
I have a confession. Clipless pedals have induced anxiety before my rides particlarly when commuting. I’m fine once I get on the road but the thought of having to clip in (and out) really annoys me since I ride through the city and have to constantly stop at lights… and the fact that I HAVE NO COORDINATION whatsoever is a worry to me. I have no problems remembering to clip out but sometimes my feet will slip a couple times or just not clip in the first time around. Very annoying especially at a busy intersection when I have to merge with cars during rush hour… or worse, when that intersection is at the bottom of a hill!
Ah, how I miss the simple times …with regular pedals. Plus I don’t see too many Ride & Grind adventures this summer because I don’t feel like carrying extra weight [shoes] up to Grouse with me just so I can hike up the Grind. Maybe I should take on the challenge and hike up in my bike shoes. Hah.
Ideally, I would get a new bike, put the stock pedals back on my current one and use it for commuting and chores. Clips are fun and I love them because they make me faster and more efficient but they totally are NOT necessary.
I still love my clips though so I’m not complaining!
I will eventually get use to them and be able to clip in effortlessly. Hopefully.