Mind games

I’ve been planning to slowly ramp up my Monday ride by 5km a week.  I  read a blog recently about how endurance needs to be built up over time so thought that this is a good way to do it.  So I started at the end of the cricket season to gradually improve on my usual, lazy Monday 20km ride.  No, not really lazy but a comfortable distance where I told myself that was my limit for now.  The aforementioned blog went into some depth about how the mind is your worst enemy at these times, making up flim-flam excuses to stop, do a shorter distance or not really bother with it this week. So I thought that this was a good way to go about doing things while refreshing myself with a new goal amidst the hum drum of commuting.  

It is something of a paradox that now as the weather is getting cooler and wetter I am getting more fired up about my riding.  Is it because I know that the time is fast approaching that there will come a time to stop in December when it is too unbearable to ride into work on a cold, dark and (probably) wet morning?  The thinking is that my shorter 20km rides into work and back will feel like nothing compared to the 40-50km rides that I plan to do on a Monday weather permitting.

Today was supposed to be a 35km ride on a forecast rainy morning.  The rain didn’t eventuate but there were periods of light drizzle.  I tried out my new woollen base layer tights from Aldi (under my shorts) and wore only 2 long sleeve layers on top.  I didn’t get lost exactly but did go down a couple of roads where I thought would end up somewhere else but didn’t.  By the time I got to the supermarket, I’d done 32km already with another 8km to go before home.

So I did an unplanned 40km ride, one which I thought may be beyond me at this stage.  Its too early to say at this stage and I guess we’ll find out the answer on Wednesday morning when, after a rest day I’ll get woken by my alarm to get out the door  in the dark, windy cold on my bike to work. 

Watch this space…  




About biking2work

Sometimes bad tempered Dad to 2 sons who break things. Use the 2 wheels to get from A to B when I can
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