The wheels on the bike go ’round and ’round

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The training for the Katy Trail Ride has started! We have about four months to prepare for riding 240 miles over five days.

Now that we’ve started, I’m rediscovering the difference between exercise and training. Several years ago, I trained for the first time, for a sprint triathlon. Although I exercised regularly, it wasn’t the same as training and  I can still remember the day I realized the difference. I woke up on a Sunday morning, the day I did my long ride of the week, and it was hot and humid, plus I had cramps. If I had been planning on riding my bike that day just for exercise, I would have blown it off. Because I had a training plan and the goal of completing the sprint triathlon, I got myself out of bed and on the bike.

That’s what I’m doing now. Most summers, I ride my bike when I feel like it. Sure, I like getting the exercise, but if I want to blow off a ride, I can. Not so when I’m training – gotta put the miles in, whether I like it or not.

On the other hand, I love how I feel when I put my mind to doing something with my body that’s a challenge. I might be one of the least athletic people on the planet, but training makes me feel just a bit like an athlete and I love that.

So, the wheels will go ‘round and ‘round many times over the coming months.

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