- Warm up for 15 minutes.
- Get off trainer to see why Ryan and Noah were being so good. They were watching a video, but Ryan had turned the volume up to like 60, where it is normally at 12 or 13.
- Get back on the trainer, switch to a harder gear and go for about 5 minutes.
- Get off the trainer because Noah wants to ride in the gator car and needs his helmet put on.
- Get back on the trainer and ride hard for about 10 minutes. Wave at Noah every time he drives by.
- Get off the trainer to help Noah with the malfunctioning gator car.
- Get back on the trainer and ride hard for about 5 minutes.
- Get off the trainer to get Noah out of neighbor's driveway.
- Get back on the trainer, this time for at least 15 minutes. Come out of aero to throw the frisbee to Noah every 2 minutes or so, which is a feat unto itself.
- Finally call it done.
I think it took me about 90 minutes to ride for 60 minutes. No wonder I am so tired at night!
Anyway, while I was riding, I was listening to a podcast about developing your athletic identity. It was very interesting. The speaker was talking about how many age-groupers don't identify themselves as triathletes despite the fact that they are training and racing like triathletes. He said it was important to see yourself as an athlete.
I thought this was very interesting, and totally agree with it. About a year and half ago, I developed my own motto to use while I was training and racing. I have it at the top of my Beginner Triathlete training log, as well as on my RoadID. Last year during my first Olympic triathlon, I kept saying it to myself over and over. Whenever I am hurting or trying to run faster, or pushing myself, I remind myself of my motto, and the beauty is, I am really starting to believe it.
I am an athlete.
That's mine. Do you have one?