A potpourri of ruminations about my journey to better health through Eating Less, Moving More, and Going Easy on the Junk Foods (Marion Nestle).
Come on in. Share with me in my personal voyage of growth and self discovery with a sprinkle of humor and a dose here and there of food for thought. We travel this road together to better health.
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?