Saturday, January 21, 2012

Long Road ahead

I started thinking about the 2012 racing season last night. I was spinning on the trainer at twenty-one miles per hour and watching Rocky II. I was not in a good mood. Not a good mood at all. The trainer was giving me the opportunity to blow some steam off. On a mountain bike...21 MPH is really fast for me. I generally average about15-16 on the trainer. So a full 5 mph faster is no joke. I was doing intervals of 5x2 max intensity with 2 minutes rest between them. So basically.....2 minutes full tilt....2 minutes rest.....2 minutes full tilt...ect. There are only 10 intervals 20 minutes at MAX intensity. I watched as my average speed dropped off for each interval. I felt my power drop after each interval. I felt myself giving up.

Have you ever felt defeated? Have you ever just wanted to throw in the towel and give up? Have you ever felt like that and then decided to press on? I did that last night. I was ready to quit. Ready to get off the bike and go to bed. Ready to think about other things. I kept going......and all I was thinking about was the long road ahead....

I am on a very long journey. Sure, there are stops along the way....but if I stop for too long I might start missing where I came from. It would be easy to just turn around and head back to the safety and warm feeling of where we start from. The picture above shows a long and fairly flat road....but at the end of a long journey those small hills can fee like mountains. The further you are on your journey and the closer you are to your goal the easier these hills will be. You can see the end in sight, it's just over that next hill. Keep going. Keep moving. Some hills will kick your ass. Eventually you will be able to kick back. If you stop trying.....the hill will win and your journey will end. Just keep spinning.....


  1. 1) Your road kind of looks like bacon... mmmm... bacon!

    2) there is no "kick back"

    3) Rule #10: It never gets easier, you just go faster.

    Climbing is hard. It stays hard. To put it another way, per Greg Henderson: “Training is like fighting with a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired.”

  2. Greetings from the UK.
    I have just found your blog and linked in as a follower.
    I look forward to following your journey to your goal in your future posts...


  3. Thanks for reading. Hopefully I have lots of good to talk about!