Health by Heidi
|Posted on June 25, 2015 at 5:35 PM|
As I was pushing myself through yet another hill workout today, I was thinking about how excited I am to do my race next weekend and then be done with "training." I am really excited about just going for a run or a ride. Just going. No structure. No hill repeats. No distance or speed goals. Just go and enjoy the delight of going.
Having said that, I have also really enjoyed, and do enjoy, training for an event. It is nice going out and knowing exactly what I have to do on any given workout, whether it be hill repeats or sprints or mileage. I also REALLY enjoy seeing the benefits of my hard training. I like seeing my times improve and my legs feel stronger. I feel tougher physically AND mentally. Some of my training has been brutal (like my rides with Fast Guy and the near sprint up Corvallis Hills). There have been many times when I have wanted to quit, but the fact that I didn't helps to strengthen my resolve for the next tough session. One very famous and highly controversial cyclist who shall remain unnamed here once said, "Climbing never gets easier. You just get faster." That has been my motto over these past few months of training. It is true, too. Every time I ride Corvallis Hills or do a hill run, it never feels easier. I huff and puff just as hard and my legs burn just as bad, but seeing the seconds get shaved off each time I go is highly rewarding.
Back in May, I set specific goals for myself for my upcoming race, and keeping those goals in mind has helped me push through the extra-tough workouts. Everyone needs goals. We all need something to strive towards. The trick is to make them specific and make them measureable. To say, "I want to lose weight" is not enough. To say, "I want to lose six pounds in the next three weeks" is specific and measureable. It gives you something concrete to work towards. The same concept holds true for workouts. Be specific. Say, "I want to run an 8:00 minute mile," rather than "I want to run faster." Say, "I want to do ten push-ups," instead of, "I want to strengthen my upper body." Setting goals in this way gives you hard data so you can make adjustments when needed and track your progress. Once you achieve your goal, enjoy it for a bit and then set another one. That is how we keep moving forward.
What will I do when my race is over? First, I will relish in the lack of structured training. Second, I will find another something to train for. Keep pushing forward, because if you aren't moving forward, where are you going?