A few years ago, I decided to have a yearly theme. A theme that would define the upcoming year. A theme to live by. I got the idea reading Gretchen Rubins’ book the Happiness Project a few years ago. In 2018, I decided I would take it a step further. I have added monthly themes as well that fit in to the bigger yearly theme.
Two Thousand and Eighteen is the year of NEW. January was about feeling, February was about closure and now March is all about showing up.
Showing up to my new department at work, showing up with my family and showing up with my training. All I have to do is show up. That’s it. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? It’s a little harder then it seems…and we are only 3 days in.
Friday was a tough day. It was a work from home day and it was also my long bike day. Two and a half hour ride with 4 x 9 min steep hills. yikes. Just the thought of sitting on that saddle for 2:30 was just too much. Nine minute hills felt like it was impossible. But I showed up.
It was a funny day. Everything just seemed to take more time than usual and my mind was scattered. Squirrel. In a blink of an eye, it was already noon. I needed to head out soon so I would be back home on time to get the kids off the bus.
Well, I finally got to the gym and my bottom stayed on the bike seat for 2:30 hours. Got it all done. It was a struggle very minute of that ride. I was playing mind games with myself the whole time. It was hard, but I had to remind myself that I needed to show up. Show up everyday.
I managed to get it done by breaking it down. First getting the warm up done. Then completing the first hill, then the second. I had to at least attempt the third. Then, since I completed 3 might as well try go get the last one done.
By that time, I was almost at the 2 hours. I might as well get the last 30 minutes done. I have to say, at 2 hours and 15 minutes mark, I really wanted to quit. I just wanted off the bike, but the silliest thing kept me on the saddle. Can you believe that I stayed on the last 15 minutes to beat someone on the Strava Leaderboard? Yeah, you read that right. The Strava Leaderboard.
It all comes down to how badly you want it, This year of NEW, This year I want it. I want a great race season. I want to be strong for my races, every single one of them. One race a month from March to November. After all, success happens for those who show up. Those who show up on good days and bad days. Days they feel like being there and especially the days that they don’t want to be there…and on friday, I did just that. I showed up
Till next time, have a great active week.