Something has happened to me that hasn’t happened before… I seem to have lost my motivation. I don’t know how this happened or how to get it back. I guess I need some goals. Something to aim for. So this is what I’ll work on this week.

I have lots of stuff I want to do:

  • Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour
  • Weekly Tuesday night trail runs with the XCZone gang
  • A couple of long mountain bike enduro rides/races
  • A road race or two
  • Lots of long rides to Merrickville and other interesting little towns
  • Spend lots of time on my new Opus Fhast 29er
  • Race a solid cyclocross season – Eastern Ontario Series and some races New England
  • Maybe the odd trail race

So yes, there is lots on that list. Some concrete and some not-so-concrete.

I guess I need to figure out how I’m going to do all this and to do it all well. I know I don’t want to suffer through two days of Rideau Lakes – so I need to get fit and strong for this. I know that two have fun running around in the Gatineau Park on Tuesday nights I need to do more running. I know that to endure four or six hour mountain bike rides/races I need to spend lots of time riding my 29er and honing my technical skills. I know that to race a solid cyclocross season I need to ride my ‘cross bike and work on the basic techniques and develop some sprinting/acceleration fitness.

All this means I need to get a training plan sorted. I know it is only mid-January but I don’t have a big base fitness cushion to rely on – last season was a bust thanks to that darn sickness. But this is behind me now and I’m ready to get back to where I was.

Hey – I think I just find my motivation again! Amazing what some thinking, planning and typing can do. Last season was a bummer but this season is going to be a good one. I’ll be out riding, running and smiling. Time to prove to myself that I’m a healthy person again – take that ulcerative colitis.

4 thoughts on “Motivation

  1. Hi Vicki! I know the feeling – not being selected for worlds kind of knocked me of the bike. It makes me sad to read all the tweets from happy people leaving to America. But on the bike today I realised there are lots more champs to come! and I want to be there.. suddenly I was thinking about what to do differently the coming season to get there, and back was my motivation! it’s crazy how your mind can trick you sometimes..
    I hope you are feeling better and the sickness keeps away! keep the spirit high and you will cross of your goals one by one!

    • HI Margriet

      Not being able to go to Worlds is a tough blow. But you’ve got the right attitude. You’ve got lots more seasons ahead of you and you need to be proud of how far you’ve come this year. It’s been really great to see you climbing up in the rankings and results. Remember that you are riding and racing your bike because you love it and don’t lose this passion.

      cheers, vicki


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    • Ha, ha – that’s a good point John. I always have time to fit in the running and riding. One of the benefits of being married to a like-minded person! You’ll have to come out for a ride with me this summer.

      cheers, vicki


      Read my book: An Unlikely Elite


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