OK, how much pain and suffering do you regularly put yourself through? And how frequent? Do you always ride to complete exhaustion? Are you a serious competitive cyclist?
I mean really, cycling with effort is always painful, requiring you to suffer physically. This also stresses the body, to much could be detrimental. How much of this do you actually enjoy?
I'm trying to get myself motivated this year and get in shape, again. Wondering how much and often I should really push the pace. Then a peer at work asked me if I was having fun. Fun, I think so, or maybe not since that 15 mile ride into work was into a head wind. Then last weekends 35 mile ride involved lots of wind, with added rain over the last 10 miles.
Fun wasn't exactly the words I used to describe these rides, more like torture. So then he asked why do it, after all, if your not having fun, then why put yourself through that much pain. At times, I do wonder "why".
Interested in reading what other people think about this. And what keeps you motivated to keep pushing the pace. Also, do you have any goals this year?