We've written before (at least I have) about how consistency, more than anything else, seems to be the factor that will lead to improvement in this endurance life of ours.
Some are fortunate, they jump in at find themselves near the top. I think the more common tale though is that first timers find themselves at the back (and I mean literally), they swallow their pride, and they commit to the long game.
I know that's what I had to do.
I remember the first time I ever tried any sort of working out. And I mean any. I was 20, and when I tried to do "leg raises" and keep my "back flat on the floor" I found it impossible to simply lie on the ground and get my back flat on the floor. Couldn't do it! Didn't know how.
But more than flat backs were squats. My work out buddy, a beast of a man (Hi Chris), loved squats. The first time I "racked up", I lifted an entire 90lbs, bar included, and nearly passed out in the effort.
I hated squats.
So I made a choice; I choose to love them. And it was a huge lie, but day after day I would go to the gym and say "I love these squats" and I would do more sets and, dare I say, I got strong at them, I really did.
I haven't done squats in years. But I no longer fear them.
Brandon so generously reminded me that it's been a year since "Hell Hath No Fury". Suffice to say, I hate bike riding. Similar motion to squats? Coincidence? Maybe. But I hate it.
So what am I doing? I'm finding every excuse I can to ride my bike, as much each week as possible.
And I lie and say I like it.
And (secret) I'm actually starting to like it.
I'll do a separate post on my best newfound consistency technique, but suffice to say, I'm starting to actually look forward to some time on my trainer. Day by day, but attitude improves. I can't help but feel that, just like squats, my riding will improved.
So, that begs the question, what have you done today to bring yourself that little bit closer to your goals?