I just heard myself saying these words to my very energetic husband. I was explaining to him why I got angry last night when he wanted me to commit to going bike riding a week from now with friends. I was reluctant, he pushed and prodded, and finally we had almost a fight going on!
I came up with reasons/excuses that included: 1) These friends are better riders than I am, 2) I won't be able to keep up, 3) it will probably be hot, and 4) I haven't trained enough to ride 30 miles comfortably. "And that's why I can't....."
Then I read a SP blog about your inner lazy and warrior (I can't recall who wrote it but it was great). Who runs your life, your "Lazy" or your "Warrior"? I'm afraid right now I've been letting my Lazy take over. I'm not pushing/advancing. I'm in a comfortable rut just doing what I can do without a lot of effort on my part. Walking the dog, check.
Doing 15 minutes of yoga, check
. It's fine to be moving but its time to push myself and if I'm honest, I haven't been doing that at all. And I've been making no real progress towards my fitness/health goals.
I've been telling myself that's OK. I'm comfortable here, just a few pounds overweight. After all, I'm in my 60's! And that's why I can't....
Oh, I think I'm beginning to see how I've buried my warrior.
Come on, Warrior Karen! Even if you're not "ready" for next week's 30 miler, it's time to start working towards it. Choose tougher bike routes for your morning rides, do more strength work (that would mean start your strength work because I always let this slide) and give that ride next week your best shot. Your friends will make allowances for your fitness level - they will just be glad you came along. And you'll ride those 30 miles and be glad you did.
But I will pray for cooler weather
and if my luck holds I'll get it!