Training with The Princess Bride

Today was my catch up day – I got my ride in on my stationary bike this morning and I ran this afternoon. While the ride was a good workout, it just is nothing like cycling outside. The most enjoyable part of my ride this morning was watching the first 45 minutes of one of my all time favorite movies The Princess Bride. It is a motivating love story to watch while cycling. “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” He trained all his life and repeated that mantra to be the best swordsman in order to avenge his father’s death. That is determination.

My run this evening was dragging. I know, another movie quote “Inconceivable!” I much prefer running in the morning with the crisp early morning air, my legs are fresh, and it energizes me through the day. This evening I felt sluggish, it was hot, and the air was heavy with humidity. But it still was a run, and that is a good thing. I am energized, yet I know I will be able to sleep well. And soon.

What I like most about the movie is that even though it has a happy ending, there was plenty of struggles, doubts, and challenges along with humor and thrilling moments, very much like training. We go through challenges swimming as if we are amongst eels, climb hills on our bikes that could be cliffs of insanity, and running through what seems like the fire swamps being chased by ROUSes. But there are the victorious moments, when our hard training has paid off, we conquer our fears, and cross the finish line. And that is a happy ending that is the result of determination and not just a wish.

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