The Importance of Pushing Yourself

In the past few years, I haven’t made it a priority to push myself when it comes to getting in good shape. Exercise happened, but I didn’t feel like I had anything to “train” for after I stopped ski racing competitively. This year is different though. I told myself that at the end of the winter, I would get in better shape.


I decided that this spring and summer I would race in the Midweek MTB mini-enduro bike race series, and if I was going to do so, I would need to start getting my endurance and aerobic fitness to a good point. I’ve always enjoyed the thrill of competition. From ski racing to cross-country running to school work, I’ve always liked pushing myself to the be the best and continue improving. Getting to where I want to be physically and professionally is something that doesn’t happen overnight. It takes work and doing things I may not always want to do. I have to tell myself to focus on the end results and that the journey there will be worth it.


I have to tell myself that results don’t come without a change in behavior. I can’t be any faster on the bike if I don’t get out and ride multiple times a week. I’ve also started running, even though I don’t enjoy it like I used to. It’s just something I have to do in order to reach my goal of riding faster and not getting smoked in my upcoming races. I constantly have to tell myself during runs that though it may suck to go that extra mile, it will feel much better when I get done, and it will be worth it to do better in races.


Getting better happens by starting with the little things; changing the way I think and keeping my future vision in mind. When I think about what my goals are, it gives me that extra push, extra energy, to go a bit further in everything I do. Pushing myself is something I’ve tried to incorporate into my daily routine more and more lately. Doing extra workouts and pushing myself to get more done at work makes me feel more fulfilled and ultimately happier. The feeling of getting closer to accomplishing my goals and improving myself is something that feels amazing. Looking back and seeing how far I’ve come makes me want to push myself even more and work that much harder.

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