Thursday, October 23, 2008

Finding Motivation

As the days get shorter and temperatures fall my riding outdoors drops off dramatically. So it's back to spin class and whatever else I can do to try to maintain my fitness level. And of course I always have the elusive hope of improving upon my fitness level and riding faster and stronger next summer!

But it's a long time before next summer - that's a lot of time in spin class pedaling like crazy and going nowhere. Today was a dreary rainy day, it would have been a great night to skip spin class and come home and curl up with some hot chocolate, a blanket and a book. But I dragged myself to the Dome and on my way to the locker room I passed the Campus Rec bulletin board where I saw our cycling team picture (Team Warfarin) for the intramural race and it made me smile. That was a fun day! It also reminded me of why I keep working at trying to ride stronger. Our team was made up of Cindy and I and two med students and this old lady wants to ride with our students for as long as I can. This year I was the last one to finish from our team but I didn't care, it was an honor for me to be a part of the team. Last year I passed one of the students - and this year she passed me - good for her! It gives me a reason to push myself and get ready for next year's cycling season!

This time of year you have to look for motivation where ever you can find it.


Tez said...

Nothing wrong with your motivation! You are correct as to finding motivation anywhere you can. I go in spirts with this. Hard to keep focused when it gets colder and darker out. I hope we have a few more weeks of riding weather!

Ham(m)er said...

You can come and run with me over the noon hour!! I'm SLOOOOWWWW!

You're doing great!! I haven't gotten on the bike in awhile. GOOD FOR YOU!!

This gal is still chasing you! :D You and Cindy and, well, everyone else are my motivation.

Cathy Jo said...

Hammer, I got some new running shoes for my flat, pronating fee - I need to try them out. Do you run at the Dome?