Lately, I’ve been seeing this picture all over Pinterest:
That got me thinking how about all of the life lessons that I’ve learned throughout my triathlon training and how swimming, biking and running are great metaphors for life. So I decided to do a little series:
Life Lessons From My Triathlon Training.
Most of the time, triathlon training is an exhilarating and energizing adventure, but sometimes, it can be a challenging and discouraging drag. On those rare occasions when nothing seems to be going right and when you feel like quitting, I’ve found that it’s helpful to look back and see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve grown throughout your training.
And for me, it also helps to turn an obstacle or challenge into an inspiring quote or saying. 🙂
So without further ado here’s how I think
Life is like riding a bike
- When filling your tires with air, it may seem like your tire is going to explode. But you’ll be surprised how much pressure it can handle… and how much pressure YOU can handle.
- Get a flat tire once and freak out. Get a flat tire again and change it and carry on.
- Padded bike shorts make long rides much more enjoyable just like simple pleasures, like fresh flowers, new socks or a few quiet moments to yourself in the morning make life more enjoyable.
- You never know what amazing things are waiting for you around the next bend in the road. So keep moving forward.
- A hill looks a lot bigger from the bottom.
- Whether your ride is windy, sunny, hilly, flat, easy or hard, ENJOY THE RIDE.
- When it’s windy, you’ll wish it was warmer. When it’s warmer, you’ll wish there was a breeze to cool you off. Don’t wish for what you don’t have. Be thankful for what you do.
- If you’re looking too far ahead, you may miss that huge pot hole in front of you or the beautiful scenery you just passed. Be present.
- You can’t pedal using just one of your leg muscles. They all must work together. As a team. And when they do, you pedal stronger and can bike farther.
- When you’re training on a stationary bike, it may seem like you’re not going anywhere, but take heart… you are, in fact, making progress.
- Sometimes a simple shift in gears can make all the difference.
- At first, that tiny, hard bike seat will make your butt sore. But after awhile, you get used to it and it doesn’t hurt anymore. Some things in life seem hard at first, but you become stronger as a result!
- It’s easy to panic when if feels like you can’t unclip your cleats from the pedals, but if you stay calm, shift your weight, and lean towards the side you want to unclip, you’ll realize you’re not as stuck as you thought. All it takes is a simple position [perspective] change.
- Don’t be the triathlete who fell off their bike. Be the triathlete that got back up and kept riding.
- Don’t compare yourself to other cyclists. It will only rob you of the joy of cycling. Ride your own race at your own pace.
- The more you ride, the more confident you become.
- Sometimes you’ll be fighting a headwind, and other times, the wind will be at your back. Take both in stride and remember that it is the headwind that is making you stronger.
What life lessons have you learned from your triathlon training?
Fill the sentence with your own life lesson: Life is like riding a bike… ___________________.