Saturday, October 6, 2012

Taking Chances - Making Changes

Since I've started training with my new coach, I've taken some chances.  Prior to me taking these chances I pretty much did the same thing over and over again.  The same routes, the same pace, the same old same old.  You know you are guilty of that as well!  We get into a comfort zone.  

But growing up, my mother had a saying when I was not happy with something:
"If you keep on doing what you are doing.  You'll keep on getting what you are getting"
Man my mom is a wise woman.

So for the past few months I've broken the mold.  Stepped way out of my comfort zone.  Riding with faster groups of riders.  Running with faster people.

And guess what.

It's paying off.  

I might not be the fastest one pulling - but I'm able to hang with the pack of fast boys for a 60 mile ride with a 22+ MPH avg.   I might not run the first 5 miles at a 7 minute pace - but I'll run the last 5 miles with the fast girls (ahhmmm..Helen Phipps) and kill that negative split.

I'm not going to lie and say that it is easy - because it's not.  But the pain is just temporary and totally worth it.  

I have never felt this good with my training - and I f-ing love it.

So go out there and take a chance.  Be smart with the changes you make and make sure they are right for you - but something small can lead to awesome things.



4 comments:

Steve said...

I like this update a lot Chloe. I think, because I felt I was in a rut for so long, and, BAM. started looking at things differently.

Good Luck. I am sure you will do great. :)

Christi said...

Great advice! I am glad you are enjoying the fruits of your labor!

Alisa said...

Awesome Chloe!

This is something I was talking about with my running buddy today over lunch. I am always scared to push my speedwork for fear that I won't be able to finish but maybe what I need is a couple of unfinished workouts to learn my limits.

Colleen said...

Love this!!! :)