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.

3 comments:

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?