It’s raining outside. It’s two degrees with a real feel of minus three. It’s dark and miserable out. I think of all the reasons why I shouldn’t get on the bike.
Ironman Lanzarote is, like, eight months away, missing one ride probably won’t hurt.
Kona Secrets book available
Kona Secrets: Lessons learned from over 50 Kona Qualifications.
Knowledge doesn’t produce results, action does. Just knowing how to do something doesn’t guarantee success, especially something as difficult as qualifying for Kona; you have to put in the hours. In this book I share some of the lessons I learnt between being a back-of-the-pack beginner to qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
I have work to do that somehow seems much more pressing than when the sun is shining.
Checking emails, checking orders, checking sales numbers checking the weather app.
Checking anything that means I’m not planting my arse on the saddle and going out into the cold.
Maybe I could switch this session to tomorrow when the weather looks better.
Then I remember a promise I made to myself four years ago lying in a hospital bed waiting on back surgery and not knowing if I’d ever ride a bike or run again.
I swore that I’d never complain about bad weather. I’d just be thankful if I could ride a bike again.
I also think of what Ais’s response would be if I was to have a little moan about the weather…. you’re not made of sugar, you won’t melt. And anyway your skin’s waterproof. Just go and do it.
So I go out and ride. And I realise that it’s never as bad as you think it will be.
And when you’re the only one out riding you do feel a little bit epic. And when it’s done there’s a sense of satisfaction that only comes from doing something hard that’s never there after riding for a couple of hours when the sun is shining and it’s warm and nice out. But I do like riding in the sun…
Chasing Kona eBook available
From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.
Read about how I overcame all of the odds and discovered what it would take to get to the Ironman World Championships – my eBook is now available to buy as an eBook on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes
It is also available as a paperback at Wheelworx.