While suffering through my weekly Yoga class, I realized that you can break down exercising to four distinct phases. The first is the denial or resistance stage. Before a tough interval session I’ll usually find a reason to skip the work out. It can range from “Oh, I’m not feeling that great today” to I’d rather go eat a burger. I can usually overcome the negative thoughts but sometimes I’ll give in.
The next stage will usually happen during the warm up portion of my work out. I like to call this stage the “I feel so great and I can’t believe I had seconds thoughts” portion of the workout. This portion of the workout usually last between 15-20 minutes and is filled with motivating thoughts and ideas. It would be amazing to live my entire life with this mindset.
My favorite stage of the exercising routine is third stage. I like to refer to this stage as, “Oh God, what did I get myself into?” stage. This stage is filled with pain, fear and doubt. Some people can argue that you get the most out of your body when you are faced with a tough situation but I’m not sold on the idea. I think this stage really defines you as an athlete.
The last stage is the cool down. If you’re riding in a group, this is usually when the jokes start to flow and everyone can breathe a little easier. I love the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie after a grueling ride. Despite the emotional roller coaster, I feel that we are all a little neurotic and enjoy the ride.