Friday, October 03, 2008

Empowerment

Today was one of those days where I was tired from lack of sleep the past couple of nights - and debated like a VP nomination on whether or not to get out for a ride. Sometimes you just need to buck up. And buck up I did. On the schedule - 10 x 3-5 minute tempo hill climbs. Something mellow, not a power climb, but a nice steady grinder. I headed into Ballard to 28th after a quick hot lap by Golden Gardens - and then started the insanity. The first 5 were easy - but then the little voice of doubt and reason came into my head. "Why continue? What are you doing this for? No one would know - your powertap isn't working..." Blah. Blah blah.

But as I listened to the music on Ryan's shuffle (an eclectic mix of Spearhead, Blue Scholars, Death Cab, Built to Spill etc), I got motivated. I thought of him - the way he would get into a rhythm and grind up a hill. The next thing I know I'm getting after it with a fire and intensity I haven't felt in a while. And it felt good, real good. On the tenth interval a smile of satisfaction came across my face - and knowing that the suffering I put in now will pay dividends in the season to come... so look out!

But oh - you don't even know half the suffering I'm storing up for this next season.

3 comments:

jaimie said...

I can tell by your writing you have a fire in you for this next season and you are gonna KICK ASS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Jen,

You are badass!! We've been absolutely glued to your updates of touching and inspiring thoughts and actions in the recent weeks.

Keep it up!!

Love,
Nick & Emily

Anonymous said...

I am addicted to your blog and it helps get me through the day. You are on my mind, first thing in the am and last thing at night. Looking to forward to seeing you this next week. Kristin and Dave