Road to Phuket – Learning to Endure
I had a HUGE week and covered 222 Kms, over 12 hours and burnt a whopping 6,500 calories (just to give some perspective – that equates to 4 and half McDonald’s Big Mac meals – that’s scary) .
I had some really challenging yet satisfying sessions this week. In particular was the long ride on Friday morning. It went something like this – 100 km’s of awesomeness…..Everyone was so in the zone though that we didn’t take any pictures of this momentous session. We had some funny and great moments over our 3 and half hours of riding;
- all 3 ladies on the ride peeing behind the red and white barriers at the end of the 1st loop – a first!
- the secret cafe – where Jorge did his weekly shopping and then continued to eat a whole packet of biscuits using his aero bars as a snack bar
- Allan having to stop to pee, then had to wait for the support car (driven by my husband with our 4-year-old in the back) as my son had to pee in the bushes as well – another first.
- and last but not least – the whole group maintaining a 30km/hr speed over 90- with a nice cool down over the last 10 back to the car – another first
Everyone else was wise enough to hit the road – however a few of us crazies had a 40 minute run to do after the ride – that almost broke me. By friday afternoon I was a drooling mess on the couch. I still had an hour and half run to do the next morning followed by a 3km swim. Eek…I managed it though – but the run was very tough. I had to dig deep to keep going as I wanted to stop from about 10 minutes in…never a good sign.
So this brings me to the point about enduring and what keeps me going. It’s not overly complicated. As soon as I feel like I want to stop, or I feel tired, or something starts hurting – I travel to that place in my body and I send my energy there. This is going to sound deep – but it’s what I do, honest – I then try to collectively think of all the people who are suffering every day, from people close to me, to people I don’t know and have never met. I take this pain and I think about it – and I compare it to what I am feeling at that moment and I realise it is nothing. I realise that I am very lucky to be doing what I am doing – there are many who can’t. Then what I am feeling eases (it never fully disappears) but it goes away enough for me to keep going. Then I reach the end of my training session and I feel a sense of relief and accomplishment. I always remember very clearly the chapter from Eckhart Tolles’ book “A New Earth” where he describes how every thought, feeling and situation (good and bad) in our life is temporary – it is summed up by the quote “this too shall pass...”
“Endurance: It is the spirit which can bear things, not simply with resignation, but with blazing hope. It is the quality which keeps a man on his feet with his face to the wind. It is the virtue which can transmute the hardest trial into glory because beyond the pain it sees the goal.”
― Anonymous, Come Be My Follower