I had an epiphany of sorts on the bike this week. It was about fourteen miles in to a planned thirty two mile ride. I had been going into a strong headwind for ten miles and still had three more before my turnaround. My heart rate was a little more elevated than I wanted and I was trying to stay positive but was really battling. Then I realized one very key point, when I turn around, this will all be easy.
In training, we always finish exactly where we started. If it is easy at the beginning, it could turn for the worse when we head back towards the start. On this day, once I turned around it would be smooth sailing. That was an understatement.
Battling and pushing for thirteen miles in to the wind just to hold a fifteen mile per hour average was a shot to the ego. It had me questioning my fitness and whether or not it was a good idea to even be on the bike. I had a long weekend, I could’ve just rested with the open water swim today. Who needed to be on this bike? Then it was, well if I turn around now I have to go back either way…. Might as well get the extra six miles out of it and feel accomplished.
Then I turned. Eighteen to twenty miles an hour pace was easy. Everything that was hard on the way out, was easy now. It sums up how I hope the rest of the training goes. Everything leading up to the race should be harder than the race itself. It’s crunch time. Five hard weeks left, seven weeks until the event. The training will be harder than the event. I will be ready.
Thanks for reading and as always, I can’t doesn’t exist.