This morning I had a 3 hour trainer ride on tap. I had been looking forward to it all week. I had some new Powerbar nutrition to try out and I had some good movies lined up in my Netflix cue. I had even moved my bike and trainer in from the freezing cold sunroom to the living room, so I would actually be able to feel my feet at the end of the ride.
So I hopped on the bike and after what seemed like a long time I looked down and it had only been 17 minutes.
Ugh. It was going to be a long ride.
I did my best to stay within my parameters for the ride, but no matter what I did it seemed like I just didn't have the get up and go in my legs to stay where I needed to stay. I took in some nutrition, and that didn't help. I changed the movie. I tweeted for some encouragement and even that didn't give my legs a boost!
At about 1:15 in I thought about throwing in the towel. I wasn't in my zone, my cadence was way too low...I mean, really, what was I getting done anyway?
Yet, I pushed through. I took that ride out to the very last minute, and what did I learn?
Well, some days you have it and some days you don't. The days you don't have it are the days that you learn the most from. Those are the days where you see what you are really made of. Those are the days that you develop toughness and grit and drive. Those are the days that you become stronger in mind AND body. Those are the days that ensure you will get to the finish line. If every day were easy what would be the point?
The days that seem the most pointless and the most terrible are the days that create warriors.
Today because instead of in spite of my day, I am one step closer!