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Sometimes You Just Have to Go For It

Monday, November 12, 2018

So yesterday afternoon I decided to take up a challenge posted in one of my FB Peloton groups—complete 120 minutes of cycling comprised of 10-minutes rides by the 12 main instructors. What’s the worst that could happen? I’m pretty fit and conditioned and have been using this app consistently for 75 weeks! I got this! Right? Right? I think what I was not prepared for was my mind. The mind is SO powerful and will lie to us if we let it. If I was already “tired” by ride #5 which was a low impact ride, how the hell could I make it to the tabata ride at the halfway mark? *gulp* (The “rating” column represents level of difficulty out of a 10-pt scale.) You take a break, that’s how. I got off my bike, went to the potty, stretched my calves a little bit, fixed my headband, made a mental attitude adjustment and got back on the damn bike. I completed 9/12 rides before my left instep started cramping up in ridiculous fashion. So all told, I completed 90 minutes of riding with a small 5-7 minute break before the hardest ride. I hit a PR of my highest output to date, it was my longest ride to date and I crossed 325 rides putting me that much closer to my goal of 500 rides by 12/31. This same FB group will be at it again on 11/18 for another 120-min “Death by 10” Ride and guess who will be saddling up with them?
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