I’m not into new year’s resolutions in the traditional sense, but after a month of celebrations that include events with more eating and drinking than other times of the year, I’m always anxious to start fresh with better nutrition and exercise. Even though I’m lucky enough to live in a climate where we can ride and hike year round, I didn’t ride my bike much after the middle of November due to a variety of other events.
Last week I rode two days in a row. The terrain, leader, and level of experience of the other riders was mostly the same. The distances were similar — 26 miles the first day and 30 the next. Yet the 26-mile ride was more difficult for me than the 30-mile ride. The main difference is repetition.
Mentally, it’s hard to get back and do a bike ride, run, or go to an exercise class when you’ve been away from it for a while. You think you will suck at it or be in pain afterwards, so you avoid it. Sometimes that first time is so discouraging that we don’t go back the second time.
Yesterday I saw an inspiring video of a woman who had every reason to be discouraged, but she kept going back to the gym and recorded her progress for 100 days. That’s one day of improvement 100 times. Watch it here.