So I have been staring at my trainer for a few weeks, and for some reason just can’t get the gumption to do anything with it. I know i need to ride and have been off the bike for 9 weeks now due to the collar bone injury, but I don’t have the fire in the belly. I also need to test some stuff, so I decided that I would go for a run, not a jog, a run.
i wanted to test the new non tingly chamois balm that we mixed up for the ladies (or men) who don’t want the tingle and also for our version of “glide” for multisport athletes. I had a new long sleeve base layer prototype staring at me and was on day 5 of the merino T testing and figured I needed an excuse to wash it.
19 degrees and 5” of new snow so why not. I put the balm between my thighs, under my armpits/chest area and on my cheeks and nose. I put the base layer on under my merino T and then just a wind breaker Adidas top I have with some gloves a DL buff a hat and out the door I went.
I got about 3.5 miles in and started to realize my pace was a bit brisk for my fitness, but I was not cold and realized that my legs were not that tired so basically I was being a wuss about the aerobic shape i was in. so I told myself that this is actually the time the changes will be made - when it gets uncomfortable, so I slowed it down a touch and kept going. I got over the bridge and close enough to where the donkey knows he is heading back to the stable, and then bam, the second wind hit me. I forgot how great that feeling is, I instantaneously remembered why I did stuff like ride and race bikes, run, ski, etc. I had no garmin, I had no strava, i was just an animal in the wild. I could have gone 5 more miles I felt like (probs not, but that feeling made my week, seriously, it made my outlook on the day and the week and the year better).
It reminded me of why we all do what we do, and why that suffering where it is easy to walk, or back off the pedals, or fake an injury is the time where you need to dig a bit and then the boat sometimes (not always) but sometimes planes out on the waters surface and you can look around and enjoy the pace, the breathing, the sounds and the feeling of just moving.
I was noticing how laziness breeds laziness as the habit of working out can turn into the habit of sitting around pretty fast, and its equally as hard to break, but today, on a run of all things, I got the feeling I needed that will get me out there tomorrow and the day after that, and the day after that.
Review - The DL shit is awesome. base layer needs the sleeves shortened, merino is washed and hanging (don’t dry merino), and the recovery oil is soaking into the muscles as we speak. I am totally biased, but if you don’t love the shit you make, why would you make it.