On my ride yesterday, I fell behind the fast guys on the Willow Springs climb. This is normal for me as I am usually dropped and I spend my ride hoping for glimpses of a rider ahead as I push to catch up.
As I turned left onto Oak Glen I was joined by another of our group (who also fell back on the climb) and we struck out together. He complemented me on my riding so far this year and I said it’s good motivation to try to catch the front guys.
After a pause and a chuckle he said, “You’re not catching them!”
I spent the rest of the ride soft-pedaling and counting the miles until I was done. I didn’t realize how much I internalized those words until today, when I was riding the exact same road in the exact same position.
But today was different. Today I flew along Oak Glen with the pavement flying beneath me. I was hell bent on catching the guys way way ahead of me! It was no different from yesterday’s ride where I also fell behind on the climb, but today I believed I could catch them and it made me dig and push and ignore the fatigue in my legs. I was a woman on a mission!
I’m sure my riding companion from yesterday didn’t intend to be negative, but it just makes me wonder how often I internalize the comments of others. What a difference it makes in how I feel!
Oh, and one of these days, I will catch them!!!!