elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Cycling is Believing

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Today was a perfect day for a long bike ride. While it was sunny, the temperature was very mild, just under 70 when I left my home to meet my training partner to ride. She started at the north end of the road along the river and I live 6 miles from the south end. We did our best to time our departures to meet up and made it with in a reasonable time. Then we took off together. So many other cyclists were on the road – it makes the ride more enjoyable to see others along the way. I was very energized the entire ride – the perfect weather, seeing others along the way, riding with my friend, and my awareness that I am stronger all contributed to a great ride. In the end I road 50 miles with the dreaded 4 mile long and 340 foot elevation climb home. It was by far my slowest stretch of the ride, but I made it through and did not feel exhausted at all. I actually wanted to ride another 10 miles to stay with my friend but I chose not to push it.

My race is three weeks away. A training day like today is just the encouragement I need. Knowing I am prepared, comfortable with my pace, and feeling good after 50 miles – oh say that I could run a half marathon after – all add to my mental preparation for the race. The mind is where the biggest battles are fought. Today gave me the ammo I need to tackle doubts. One more arrow in my quiver to prepare me for race day.

Through the year I have come up with mantras to help me through swimming and running. My favorites are “I won’t give up” “Don’t be a sissy” “Just keep swimming” and my favorite and first “Believe”. I haven’t thought I needed a mantra for cycling, but “Believe” works well. Especially after today. When doubts cross my mind, when I am passed by others when I am giving it my all, I will remind myself to Believe – believe I will finish, believe in my proven ability. And “I won’t give up”, because of course if I did, I would be a sissy.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

4 thoughts on “Cycling is Believing

  1. Haha. So they all intertwine! Genius.

  2. I like the read, thanks for sharing. Training question, how often do you ride your long ride?

    • Thank you for reading and commenting. I ride three days a week during tri season. I am training for a half iron distance on September 9th. My goal is to get 20 miles in on Mondays, 30 miles in on Wednesdays and my long ride, 45 to 60 miles, I do on Saturdays. Weekends work best for me for the long ride. Hope that helps.

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