Trust30: Energy

“The world belongs to the energetic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s easy to blame our failure to meet our goals or to live our dream lives on a lack of energy, and we don’t always stop to think about the quality of energy in our lives. Yet we can choose to create and manage our own energy flow.

Think of an instance when you’ve been so involved in an activity that you’ve lost track of time, and then identity the passions and energies you were feeding. Who was there with you? What were you doing? What will you do to make time for moments like that one more often?

(Author: Julia E)

It's kinda hard to explain... there are days when everything works, no matter how shitty or exhausting the day was all you have to do is get back on your bike, the pool or the road/track for everything else to melt away. It's just you and the event you're working on, nothing else matters, your mind is focused only on the task ahead without anything else being an issue.

I had one of those rides last night (7/5). I don't normally do back to back rides (Monday is usually a swim day) but I know that, for me, IM Arizona is going to be decided on the bike. I'm a good swimmer and an average runner on a good day so I decided to avoid the trip to the pool (which may have been closed for the 4th of July) and bike instead.

It was a good ride and my body felt good about it... it was short and sweet so I decided why not do it again (warning: masochist in action.)

got ready for the Tuesday ride with a lot on my mind. How far do I want to ride today? is it going to rain? Am I pushing too hard? Will people yell at me if I decide to actually work my legs? when and where are my cut-off points?

Once I started riding the questions all went away. I was going to ride 25 miles even if I wasn't in top shape to do it. The weather was warmer than I would have liked (although not as warm as it was on Monday) and I was riding with only my little water bottle for fluids.

The ride itself started as it normally does, with my feet not knowing how to clip on the pedals but after that it was awesome... First time ever riding into a thunderstorm; you should have heard those thunders, they were scary as hell but it doesn't mean we stop, we keep pushing and we keep moving forward no matter what.

Then something funny (and awesome) happened. The farther I rode the better I felt. It was as if I hadn't had surgery 3 weeks ago; I was riding better and faster than I had before the gallbladder flareup. I felt more confident even when I thought I was going to crash... if you are going to crash then crash well.

I still feel happy about the ride and I realize now that giving up is never an option.