One Step Forward, One Step Backward

It’s Monday. I planned to bike 20 miles every day this week. When I woke up the wind was still howling and I didn’t want to get up. When I finally got up I didn’t want to do anything. Was my body telling me to take a rest day? Would I listen?

Saturday I biked 26 difficult miles, some in the hills and some in the strong winds and it was a struggle getting home through the head winds. Sunday I only went around town, about 21 miles but still I couldn’t escape the strong winds. It was definitely better than Saturday though and I was feeling much more optimistic about my plans.

We live less than 4 km, or less than 2 1/2 miles from the Pan-American highway. This morning I set off in that direction with a strong tail wind so I just flew down the road. We picked up some things at the vegetable market and headed back towards home, now facing the wind. I knew I wasn’t going any 20 miles today but I wanted to do more than this short trip, so I did another ride down and back. By the time I got home the second time though, I was done. The winds were so strong that I was in my low climbing gears and still fighting, and sometimes they threatened to blow me off course.

I suppose biking in these winds is good exercise, and it’s probably good that they are the worst coming home because I know if I want to get home, I have to tough it out and cycle through them. I don’t feel too bad now but when I walk, I can definitely feel that my muscles are tired.

The spirit is willing but the flesh is old and doesn’t always want to go along with my program *sigh* However, when motivated by something I really want to do, the spirit is very persistent and tomorrow is another day.


About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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