What’s Holding You Back?

Take a second to ask yourself this question: What’s Holding Me Back?

You might think that there is nothing holding you back and that you’re doing all you can to get the most from life and achieve your goals. I thought the same. But it is simply not true. There is always something more that you and I can do. Maybe it is spending more time recovering from your rides. Maybe it is really committing to a stretching routine rather than going through the motions. Maybe it is really looking at your weaknesses and rather than “trying” to fix them really drilling down and determining what it is you need to do.

I’ve been holding myself back for a few years now. I struggle with sprinting and accelerating up steep climbs, out of corners, etc. In the past years I’ve done the spring work-outs, I’ve gone out in the woods and “tried” to teach myself how to accelerate up steep climbs. But really, I’ve only been making small steps forward. Not good. I’ve been holding myself back by trying the same things over and over and not getting any further ahead.

Well this is changing now. I’m ready willing and able to try anything it takes to unlock this block I have on sprinting, starting and getting myself up and over steep climbs. I know I can do this. But maybe I haven’t wanted it badly enough? I don’t know but it is time. I’ve got a few ideas of how I’m going to address this but as always I’d definitely like to hear what you have to say on this.

Another thing I’m going to fix is my mental block on “kicking up”. If you do yoga you’ll know what I’m referring to – this is the action required to get into handstand or shoulder stand. Essentially “kicking up” your legs. I won’t do it. I have a block on it. I know I can do it but I don’t. Instead I wait for my yoga teacher to come around and help me get my legs up in the air. Yes, taking the lazy way out maybe? I know I have the core strength and leg strength – I just have this unwillingness to break through a skill that makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable (note – I’m kicking up to the wall so there is no risk of flipping over…). So this is the next thing I’m going to fix so I can stop holding myself back.

And how about you? What is holding you back? And what are you going to do about it?

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