Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Training begins

I began training today for the Seattle to Portland Ride that I hope to do on July 12 & 13.  The training schedule has me riding on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, which I think will be manageable with my work schedule. Here is a glimpse of my training schedule.

Wednesday is generally a little lighter ride. For now I am just riding indoors with my bike attached to my trainer. 

My view while riding!
If you followed my blog for a while, you may know that I bought a trainer about two years ago. It was very hard for me to get used to riding it mainly because it is indoors. Slowly over time I have become accustomed to it. Over the last few weeks I have slowly started riding it again. I started with short times like 20 or 30 minutes then up to 40. Today I rode a solid hour to start week 1 of training.

As I was riding today I could not help but think about the discipline that is required to reach any goal with substance, including in my case regaining my health and increasing my fitness. While riding my mind was whirling around the many tasks that remained on done while I rode. Instead of being in the moment, my mind was moving out of synch with my body. In other words I was not really present while I was pedaling. I began to shift into really taking in what my body was doing. My legs moving and feet stretching.  On a trainer I can close my eyes and help myself to focus on what I am doing. What I found myself doing was really focusing on the rather simple task of cycling. It was a very calming act. I was in the moment and enjoying it immensely. As I regained focus on my cycling movements, I realized that I was cycling stronger and better. That kind of mental focus is something I will work to cultivate as I continue training. It is easy to lose that kind of focus in an over subscribed life. Very easy. Right? 

Stay strong and be well,