I didn’t ride today.
I had planned to ride. My plan for the day was 1.5 hours on the road bike.
It didn’t happen.
I was ready – organized my clothes last night, went into work early so I could leave early, and I still didn’t ride.
My legs felt drained and empty all day. I felt tired. A slight something at the back of my throat. I still left early so I could ride.
When I got home I didn’t ride. I decided it made sense to rest.
But I feel guilty about this. All evening I’ve been harassing myself over this decision.
Logically, I know it makes sense. I’m riding Friday and Saturday and then racing on Sunday. So it makes complete sense to not ride today if I’m not feeling 100%.
I guess the thing is, I’ve gotten so used to riding when I haven’t been feeling 100% that to not ride just feels wrong. Yeah, I know it’s a bit messed up.
Emotionally, I find it hard not to ride whenever I can or whenever my Training Peaks plan tells me to. I’ve missed so much riding this summer and over the years that to not ride when I’m able just feels wrong.
I almost feel programmed after so many years of training and racing to always be riding. To make the decision not to ride feels like I’m not motivated.
But, now that I think about it and put this down in black and white, I realize that it is this motivation that kept me off the bike today. I want to and plan to be flying with full colours for 2017. This means a solid winter and spring season of riding, weights, core, and yoga is ahead of me (I can’t wait). But to do this properly, I need to be ready for it. This means taking small careful steps now so I can be ready when it’s time to push the go button.
Motivation is what has got me here and motivation is what will get me through days like today.