Monday Motivation…Intentions Don’t Matter

Came across this today from Christian Mihai site: https://cristianmihai.net/

“Remember, people will judge you by your actions not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does a hard-boiled egg.” – Maya Angelou

One of the unknown surprises of having my blog are readers  who reach out to me about my content I post.  Maybe it causes them to think about a certain subject differently and have a new perspective.  Learning to judge people by their actions was one of the hardest lessons for me to learn in life.  LOL  I was raised on the old adage your word is your bond sort of thing, but I have learned along the way that words are cheap and actions matter.  You can tell a lot from a person by what they do, not just what they say.  I have applied this principle and have become a lot quicker to let go of things and people because of it.  Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ Nov – Dec…Happy New Year

Getting sh*t done!  Happy New Year my friends!  Glad to be back blogging.  The holidays seem to sneak up on me faster than ever 🙂  I’m always a step behind it appears, but you know it’s all good.  No reason to stress out about these things, because that’s not what the holidays are about.  It’s about friends, famdamily and throw in a little reflection for good measure.

I always use this time to reflect over my running stats Excel spreadsheet.  Yes, I am that “girl”.  I keep track on my Garmin and also a spreadsheet.  I am going into my 7th year of this journey.  How’s that for some dedication.  I do wish at times it would go a bit faster, but let’s face it, life happens…and that’s a good thing.

I don’t make resolutions.  I stopped doing that a long time ago.  Not because I didn’t keep them, it just didn’t make sense to me to wait for a date to start a task or goal.  There is no better time to start then right now.  So why wait until the 1st of January?  I guess it’s symbolic of renewal and new beginnings.  I get it.

I’m satisfied with my miles for 2019.  There is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.  If I were to use the present metrics of years past it looks like two more years.  I’m hoping for 1.5.

2019 had ups and downs.  I was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis.  It’s not lost on me that suck and spondylolisthesis both start with the letter S. That being said, it doesn’t and won’t stop me from moving forward.  Getting older is awesome, but there are some drawbacks….LOL!  How’s that for a cup half full.  I went through the painful shots that helped some and finally opted to work on strength exercises and less intrusive ways to deal with the pain.

Goals for 2020

~ I really want to look out of the DC area for rides and runs this year.  Maybe throw in some hikes.  Looking to get out of my comfort zone and try something different.  I’m loving the Centuries ~ even though my MO is getting lost and falling.

~ Working on strength to keep the lower back in check.

~ Cycling out of the country…hmmm any suggestions?

~ Keeping up with my blog.  Still not digging my layout.

November and December were pretty average months.  I did complete the Cider Ride (55 miles) in November with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA).  Nice supported ride through the DC area and out.  Served warm cider at various stops.  Would have been better if it was hard cider, but then that might have been a mess.  A happy mess, but a mess regardless.

Total miles for 2019 ~ 1417.77

Total miles completed so far ~ 7505.95 out of 11315.

I have 3809.05 miles gratefully remaining in my journey.  I hope this post finds you slaying your goals.  Life is good.  Life is a gift…don’t waste it.  Happy Miles to You!!

2020 be like:

 

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 8 – 30 Sept….Breaking The 4k Mark!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Posting my recap from September.  Not a bad month.  Did a lot of walking and had one long ride (24.66).  I’m still running, walking and cycling.  Just need to keep catching up with the count.  The best part of this post is I have broken the 4k mark!  Those Mommy miles (as my friend Kevin affectionately calls them) are piling up!  I like that phrase Mommy miles.  I laugh every time I say it!

Feeling good and looking forward to finding another event to participate in for 2020.  Any ideas or thoughts?  Please pass them my way.  I went out for a small run (I know) this Saturday and the weather was just perfect.  Should have taken the bike out, but just felt the need to hit the pavement instead.

Hmmm….proof of life?  This recap saw 38.45 miles.  I have 3965.74 miles gratefully remaining!!!  I feel so good with this and I’m not done with this year’s tally.  I hope this post finds you loving my shitty selfie!  Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

 

Monday Motivation….Dangle That Carrot!!

Different things motivate me from time to time.  A week ago I get this text and I don’t recognize the number.  Those are always fun.  After reading for a bit I realized it was from the owner of my yoga studio I attend.  She mentioned I had taken 31 yoga classes this year and asked if I could make to 50 classes by the end of December.  If I did, I would get a free gift.  Hmmm.  She didn’t tell me what it was, but I was already texting ~ heck yes!  Mostly, because it’s cold now and cycling is going to move to a crawl…and hey, I love yoga.  If you haven’t tried yoga, you should.  Not just saying that because I have my certification.  It really is great for the body.  It has helped me get through many pains and injuries.

I’m up to 32 classes and I’m taking another one tonight 🙂  I feel I will be able to make the 50 class challenge.  Stay tuned.  The motivation is strong with this one!

Happy Miles to You!

 

Century Ride Prep…So, This Is Happening…

Tomorrow will be my second Century ride and needless to say it doesn’t really matter if I’m ready or not…it’s happening.  I’m a bit exhausted, but I feel ready.  I went to pick up my packet at The Bike Lane on Thursday and it had all of the standards ~ complimentary garments (socks) a wristband instead of a number (interesting) and samples of Hammer™ electrolyte tabs (we’ll see).

You’ll notice that there are gloves and a helmet included.  That didn’t come with the packet, that was a needed impulse buy.  Now I’m off to prep my bike and pick up some last minute items.  Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 3 – 9 Jun…I Fear

Hello and Happy Sunday.  You know what that means ~ another blog update!  So, lets all take a deep breath in and let out a collective sigh, that this is happening ya’ll.

Fear comes in many different forms depending on the situation involved.  That’s a really big news flash for you and it doesn’t take a Psychiatrist to charge you a $100.00/hr. to figure that one out.

The fear of a test, water, bugs, planes, crowds or dangerous events…the list is vast.

Merriam Webster defines fear as  “anxiety and usually loss of courage. fear of the unknown dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety.”

Ooh, the loss of courage.  That just sounds bad, but alas, tis true.  The loss of strength and courage to complete or face a task.  Damn…that sounds real bad.

Fear can have a positive effect such as fleeing a burning building.  But for many, fear causes anxiety and plays on our inability to understand unknown events.  Therefore, we fear unnecessarily before the outcome is really understood or known.

What yellow brick road am I taking you down this time you ask ~ hills of course.  You know those beautiful tree lined things in the forest or whatever rural area you’d like to wrap your head around tonight.

I fear hills.  Or better ~ I fear my inability to get up the hills.  Or better yet ~ I fear my inability to get up the hills and fall.  There…now we get to the crux of the situation.  The final outcome has three possibilities 1) I get up the hill, 2) I’m able to unclip in time and walk up the hill, 3) I am convinced I am Wonder Woman and therefore find out otherwise and fall on the hill.

This weeks training ride was to be around 40 miles.  I drove out to Prince William Park early Saturday morning, the weather was great and I was in the mood to ride.  I could tell in the first 10 miles this wasn’t going to be an easy ride.  I was a little winded and frankly a little tired this week.  Then it became mental and fear set in or should I say anxiety.  When I reached mile marker 7 I actually started feeling a sense of dread, because I knew what was coming at mile 8.  This was fear, I was already thinking in my mind that I wasn’t going to be able to climb three consecutive hills for two miles, much less do it three more times.  Even though I had done it the previous week.  I had no idea what the outcome would be, but I was already thinking the worst.  I was thinking about unclipping, I had the fear that I was going to fall.  Riders know the pain from that one.  If you’ve never clipped into pedals on a bike, it’s a sobering experience.  Everybody falls.  That is the mantra.  But….it’s scary.  Trying to unclip when the shit hits the fan…is well scary.  Must I say it again?  Yes…it’s tres mui.  And falling…hurts.  I have had anxiety of falling since, well, my last fall.

I pass the 8 mile marker and immediately I’m in a dark zone of anxiety.  I round this corner after descending feeling all soulful, then the bike Gods thunder ~ “God giveth…and he taketh away”!  Oh yeah, he took it away ~ that feeling of riding down a hill, green trees lining the street, wind in your face, creek on the side of the road and the beware of bears sign….yeah good times.  I round that corner and it hits you in the face.  It doesn’t even kiss you first.  It’s just like…let’s get to the good stuff.  This was the first one.  Let’s call it, baby.  I manage to make it up this one, heart pounding out of my chest.  My eyes look like that kid from the Little Rascals.   I’m even practicing getting out of my seat.  I make it up, but there is no smile on my face.  Then there is a teaser hill to follow.  No one likes a tease.  You descend a bit then there is a little climb…then Papa hill is right around the corner waiting for you.  Kind of like when you were a kid and acted up at school, you knew that Papa would be waiting at the door with the belt to give your ass another go when you got home for slapping another kid at school.  Southerners will know exactly what I’m taking about.  Well, lets just say ~ my ass got beaten in a major way.  Halfway up the hill I was done.  I wasn’t even going to try it, because I was so afraid of falling.  Even unclipping was hard (especially if you try to do it ascending) and I began to panic a bit.  I unclipped and did the walk of shame up the hill.  I was mentally done for the day.  I then made the plan to just ride back and forth and avoid the major hills.  Wasn’t even gonna try the Momma hill.  No.

The only way to get around this can be with more practice and mental clarity.  I love the mental challenge that cycling gives me, but as you can see I have a long way to go.  Challenge accepted 🙂  It’s just one of those things I’m going to have to get past.  Focusing and being present would have helped too.  My mind was too busy concentrating on something that didn’t even happen or may not have happened.  The fall.  This can happen in every day life.  Wasting so much energy on the unknown.  Courage in all ways….

Ok, squirrel moment ~ what happened to the spell check on WordPress, anyone know?

Back…I have continued to gain miles for 9 straight days.  I had 60.20 miles for the week with my long ride coming to 22.87.  I have 4662.78 miles waiting for me to grow a backbone.  A few pics from the week:

Because sweaty selfies are so good….

You didn’t think I wouldn’t post trees?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s song is by the Toadies.  Awesome and describes this week perfectly….

“When I’am away….come on in, yeah”