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05
04
2017

Just Get On The Bike

By jeff 0
I got in the stationary bike today. I hate the stationary bike; it’s cardio and it’s boring. But what I hate more than the stationary bike is not being able to work out. So, after a week of feeling sorry for myself and dwelling on my injury and the stuff I can’t do, I decided I should get off my ass and do SOMETHING; even if it’s something I don’t like to do. So I got the stupid bike for 5 minutes. It was the longest, dumbest, most boring 5 minutes of my life. But, when I finished I felt a renewed strength.

I felt good enough to write myself a small workout, stuff that wouldn’t aggravate my shoulder too much. It turned out like this:

Looking at what I wrote I thought, Lamest. Workout. Ever. (Except for the deck squats;  those are cool, so I have that to look forward to.) I guess I could have written myself something a little more varied and exciting, but at this point I was still feeling too sorry for myself.

This was one of my “weeping workouts. Yes, sometimes I cry when I workout. A lot times, for me, my workouts are about more than PRing a lift or time. They’re more about overcoming my own self-imposed limitations; fear, self-doubt and self-loathing.

And it never fails; no matter what the workout is, I always finish feeling stronger than when I started. I was about half-way into my squats when I felt my victim mentality start to slip away and my fierce come back out. My mindset shifted from one of limitation and restriction, to one of confidence and self-assurance.

So, if there’s a lesson to be learned, it’s this: Just get on the stupid bike and start pedaling.

author: jeff

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