Don’t let the setbacks stop you, everyone has them. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back at it. You will get to where you want eventually. (Dave Kovar)
So the weather has been glorious lately. We do have some summer heat coming on but all in all it has been a beautiful spring here in KC. I love this time of year as it is the beginning of my biking season. Helps me save gas money and I get a good cardio workout. Plus there is such a free feeling when riding. Yesterday I am riding in to the school and was facing a 10-15 mph head wind the entire way. If you have ever done any kind of cycling you know that head wind really slows you down. For all the effort you put forth on the pedals the wind seems bent on keeping you right where you are. So, I down shift and keep pedaling. The ride took me almost 10 minutes longer than normal but I made it to the school. Regardless of how much I had to fight the wind, I just kept pedaling until I got to where I wanted to go.
How often in our training do we encounter “head wind”? You know, those circumstances in life that seem to hold us back from where we are trying to go, no matter how hard we work to get there. When faced with challenges like that there are some choices to be made.
1. Keep doing what you are doing the way you are doing it.
There is a 3rd option…I will get to that in a minute.
When riding against that head wind had I chosen #1 I would have kept the bike in the gear it was in and tried to muscle it out. As a short term solution that might have worked, but the wind was constant and I would eventually have tired out to where I had to stop..
If I had made choice #2 I would have had to either turn back or walk the rest of the way. Either of which would have made me VERY late.
So, I found a third option.
#3. Figure out a different way to get there.
I down shifted to a lower gear making the bike easier to pedal while maintaining enough forward momentum to stay on track with my progress.
Now, I have been cycling for years and this choice is somewhat of a natural reaction. But when I was first riding I often chose #1 and tried to muscle through. Sometimes I still do this in other areas in my life. What I have learned, however, is that sometimes I need to rethink my methods and make some changes when what I am doing no longer works. I do not change my goal…just how I am going to get there.
So, when the “head winds” of life start blowing take some time to figure out if what you are doing will work. Sometimes it will. But if what you are doing stops working….stay focused on your goal, but find a different way of getting there.
Take care and see you in class…Mr.Burt