We all encounter adversity in everyday life, whether it's emotional, spiritual, even physical. Lately, I've been physically overwhelmed with training. I'm about to share with you all, my current challenge while preparing for an upcoming race.
Staying continuously active is a true passion of mine. I've competed in Track & Field all throughout high school, which followed onto college. Over the years I crossed a few things off my "fitness bucket list", such as 5k/10k races, half marathons and more! Now onto cycling. I mean why not?!
This year some friends and I, signed up for the annual TD Bank Bike Race Tour! On the 1st of May, beginners, moderate, even up to intermediates come from all over the world to roll in and out of all of New York City's boroughs. Confession: I only signed up because I convinced myself, SoulCycle could prepare me for anything bike related- how wrong was I? Very. Fitness wise, I am considerably fit, (outside of lack of proper sleep patterns), eating right, exercising, and meditation occasionally. So why is anxiety kicking in?
Well, almost two weeks ago, I decided six weeks would be the time table for the preparation. Now as I mentioned before, I've cycled at the gym. Yes, there's many levels I ride on, the duration is anywhere between 45 mins - hour, but the streets of New York haven't been exactly smooth sailing. At first I thought, maybe I wasn't stretching correctly, or long enough, or just began at an extreme pace. On the first day, I biked from 161st and Edward El Grant (the Bronx), over the 145th Street Bridge into Harlem, along the east side, looped around, and back up again. Sounds like I finished in one take- I didn't! What should have token me an hour tops, took almost two in half due to cramping in the thigh, lower back tension and just mere disgruntled.
It is now week the end of week two and tomorrow marks officially one month until the race. I have amped up the training and preparation after a long talk with myself in a tub of Epsom Salt. I have completed a lot of races with worst or no preparation, I will push myself and kill this Bike Tour come 1st May!
To anyone who is training or in preparation mode currently, "You're better than your yesterday".