We have been on quarantine for four months now. All my races have been canceled. My hospital had financial problems prior to COVID-19, so it just got worse. Just throw the whole year away. Add the 15 pounds that I have gained. I gained 10, loss it and gained 5 back.
With everything that is going on I find it hard to stay motivated. I got my second wind about two weeks ago. During our Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago meeting we had a special guest Justin Williams. He is a Black profession Criterion racer.
According to Merriam-Webster, a criterium is: “A bicycle race of a specified number of laps on a closed course over public roads closed to normal traffic.” It is the most wonderful thing to see, especially the pros. It is also fun to race. It has helped me with bike handling skills that I use on club rides, and when I race triathlons. I have raced about eight and I suck but I love it. I have a need for speed.
Well, following the meeting I said I would focus on cycling for the rest of the year. I will continue to run, but slowly as I am mending from an injury, and swimming has been put on a halt due COVID-19 gym closures. So cycling is what I have been doing. I have been making sure I wake up early and ride with Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago at least two days a week. I also added trainer rides in the week and a challenging long ride on Saturday. Working out releases endorphins and makes people feel better. I also challenge myself by riding with people who are stronger than me. While I am chasing them I am getting stronger and faster. Also, it is nice to be around people. I still take precautions and wear a K-N95 mask due to COVID-19. This makes cycling more challenging but it is the only way I feel safe going. As a results of my cycling, my mood is better, my runs are better, and I am making progress on losing those COVID-19 pounds for good.
I always say I learn life lessons in the midst of my challenging hobbies. One lesson is try to find something to motivate you and just do it. It will make the other things that may still feel like a struggle easier. The next is to surround yourself with people who make you better.
Proverbs 27:17 “ As Iron Sharpens Iron, so one person sharpens another.