Sunday, June 5, 2011

The score on cycling (and on staying motivated)

Cyclists at Bastion Square Grand Prix - 75 laps of fast (more photos here)
My month of cycling came and went. Truth be told, I didn't really like it. And, worse, I started to lose my motivation to continue my challenge with this blog.

It's not for a lack of cycling events going on in the city. I definitely got my fill of spectating in - way more than any other month. But I just couldn't get into the sport. For one, my bike is not really road biking material. I couldn't get over that mental hump. And I really couldn't get over my fear of biking in traffic. Without someone to come up and whisper in my ear to coach me, it was hard to get motivated.

All that said, watching the cyclists come in the finish line of the 140 and 90 km races was truly inspiring. I felt disappointed that I hadn't participated. I hadn't challenged myself. The score I'm giving cycling is, of course, reflected of my experience this month. I know there are many people who would argue against me though. I can only tell you what I thought...

So what does a girl do when she loses motivation to stay fit and active? She pampers herself of course!

I have so many pairs of running shorts, sports socks, and headbands that I bought during fitness lulls. I don't know why, but there's something motivating about a material item that that can inspire you to get back at it.

This time I went and had a pedicure. In part, it's because my feet were getting truly disgusting from all the sports I've been trying. The other part was I needed to get out and relax. I needed to get some perspective.

Tanya, the owner of Emerald Day Spa in Victoria, was amazing. Not only did she make my feet beautiful, she also helped me unwind. We talked about what's next in my challenge and what I could do to get back on track. We also talked about my ugly toes and how different sports can damage them... and how a nice pedi can make a world of difference to keep toes healthy. After she had smoothed my feet out, I fell into a perfect little sleep while she massaged my feet and lower legs; much needed for a girl who has been on the move (or at least thinking about it!).

The result? Obviously beautiful toes that I'll be proud to show off in summer shoes. But also motivation to get back at it.

I'm doing the fitness challenge for the same reason I got the pedi - because I want to take care of myself. I don't want sore joints because I've been sitting at my desk all day. I want my clothes to fit nicely. And I want to get out there, meet new people, and try new things. So, my next challenge will be announced next week.

If you are looking for a place in Victoria, BC to treat yourself, I highly recommend Tanya and the Emerald Day Spa. (The staff are amazing, the space is relaxing, and you'll come out feeling totally refreshed!) They specialize in pedicures, facials, and waxing (and I hear moms really like "Monday's for Mommies").

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