I am often unmotivated to find time to ride. I’d like to think this is because I work hard at my job, am married with three kids, and have a busy life. More likely it is due to my love of warm socks, comfortable chairs and good (but cheap) red wine. I have a tremendous amount of personal inertia. I always plan for later. But now I worry that at some point in the future, I won’t be able to ride anymore. Fear is a good motivator.
I had hip surgery in October, and am now in recovery mode. It hasn’t been quick or easy, I still limp much of the time. I had been feeling sorry for myself until I spent some time reading a really great blog – Fat Cyclist – over the weekend. If you have time, check it out – it is in my blog list. Feeling like an asshole for feeling sorry for yourself is a great motivator.
So, I signed up for the Livestrong challenge ride (70 miles) in Seattle in June. I do not want to embarrass myself. So, I plan to train hard. I don’t want to get smoked by some guy in his sixties riding a single speed bike. Humiliation appears to be the ultimate motivator.