The training schedule called for 45 miles on the bike today, which I normally welcome with open arms and even get excited about, but today, I woke up to rain.
I am a fair-weather rider, so this was very discouraging. I could have sworn the weather man said it was going to be sunny and 70 today...lies! (or did I just make that up?) I went out to breakfast and all the while contemplated what I was going to do - ride the trainer for 3 hours or buck it up and ride in the rain.
Then I recalled Frayed Laces post about building mental toughness. One of the tips was heading out for a run or a ride in the sub-par weather and that this can help build confidence in your abilities. So I did it, I rode in the rain.
The entire ride was a struggle mentally, never physically although I was trying to ride fast to finish faster. The whole time I swear I was staring at my CatEye watching the miles slowly tick by. Most of the almost 3 hours I was on the bike I thought things like "I can't believe I am riding right now" or "this is going to take forever" "this sucks" but I kept peddling and finally was able to eek out 43 miles.
I got off my bike and was in awe about what I just did. It seemed like 15 minutes ago I tweeted that I didn't want to ride in the rain and now I was standing there, finished with the ride. A instantly felt happy and proud of myself. In hindsight, it wasn't a horrible ride - the rain held pretty well, it wasn't cold out, there was no wind and I kept my pace up - but during the ride I could not muster up a positive thought for the life of me. Strange, isn't it? But I survived and I guess they're right when they say "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and I believe that applies to us mentally just as much as physically.
Have you pushed through a mentally tough workout? What got you through?