Good Intentions

January 30, 2008

I had big plans for tonight but they were foiled. I had a ride scheduled that I couldn’t do because my trainer is in GB’s car (which is not here) and I was going to download pictures from our trip but couldn’t find the camera (this must also be in GB’s car). This is creating a pattern in which I will henceforth assume anything I can’t find is in GB’s car!
Instead I did tomorrow’s run today, which was really enjoyable since it was pretty warm out. I even took my gloves and hat off and ran practically naked (for January anyway). Tomorrow I will remember to bring my trainer into the house and I will clean off the devastating mess that is caked on my bike from 6 hours of it being on the back of the car.

I noticed during my run that I am sporting a brand new set of quads. I don’t know when these arrived, but I am appreciative and I think they’re going to be a big help in 2008. Which is good because I’m having a total hissy fit about how old and slow my bike is. I mean really, it’s only 1 year older than last season so I’m not sure why I’m all of a sudden whining about it. When I bought it (8 years ago) I said that it would be the last tri bike I would purchase – I was determined that my next new bike would be provided by a sponsor. I have stuck to this so far (for lack of money mostly), but a full bike sponsorship seems SO LONG in the future and this week I’m just plain grumpy about the whole thing. Maybe it’s because my bike is coated in road-trip gunk and I’d rather get a new one than clean it – I don’t know. But anyway, I need to keep my eye on the prize – which is a fast body more than a fast bike – and get over my little princess fit.

I was interviewed today by a college student who is doing her thesis on motivation in triathlon. Her questions were very thought-provoking and I think it’s a neat topic for a thesis. She was asking about how I stay motivated and I was surprised to realize how a little community of tribloggers I have never met has really made a difference to my motivation. So thanks to all those of you who write awesome inspirational stuff and help keep me motivated!
If anyone is interested in helping this gal out with her thesis, she’s looking for more people to interview, so drop me a line in the comments section.

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2 Responses to “Good Intentions”

  1. Beth Says:

    I know what you mean about cleaning your bike – that is about my least favorite job in the world!! But remember – no matter how old and heavy the bike – it’s the engine that’s pushing it that matters! (of course that doesn’t stop me from wanting a new, lighter bike ALL the time! 🙂 Regardless – nice work on your run and your new set of quads! 🙂

  2. Marit C-L Says:

    I agree with beth – not the bike, but the HEART! However, a clean bike is nice… so is a nice, shiny, light one. Just think – how great it feels to go flying by someone in a race, who is sporting the “faster” model, but doesen’t know how to ride. Your heart, and your newfound quads will work wonders. The thesis sounds interesting – I would be happy to answer questions. Especially if they’re thought provoking (always a bonus). Let me know your thoughts. Oh, and BTW – you and I have the same philosophy about the bike. I won’t pay full price… 🙂 rock on!


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