My husband is a cyclist. I am not a cyclist.
Let’s try that again.
I am not yet a cyclist.
Today I rode just under 3 miles, and I was really proud of that. You’d think I’d be embarrassed to Instagram about a 2.75 mile ride when a 20-mile ride is an “easy day” for my husband and his riding buddy.
Embarrassed? Nope. I’m really thrilled, because I improved from my last few rides of 2 miles. My success is about making progress, not about matching someone else’s achievement.
Sometimes my legs really started to hurt on a hill. Pedaling harder felt better! Tough times make you want to back off, but relief comes quicker when you press in.
I really didn’t want to go today, but even more, I didn’t want my husband and our friend to tease me for only riding once this week. I don’t even have to tell you how glad I am that I went. When have you ever heard someone say, “Boy, I really regret exercising”? One of the most powerful tools in turning I-know-I-should into I’m-glad-I-did is effective accountability. For me, accountability is most effective when 1) I greatly value the opinion of the person holding me accountable, 2) there is a good balance of praise for growth and challenge to complacency, and 3) I’m guaranteed to have frequent contact with the person or group.
I bought my own helmet last week, and today my husband told me I have to get my own helmet mirror and saddle bag. I must be moving up! Either that, or he’s annoyed at having his mirror fall off because I can’t reattach it properly. I’m going with moving up.