I looked back at my guide to survive an endurance ride from a few years back and laughed at the last entry. Part 3 could be titled: BRIBE YOURSELF.
Here is the opening graph:
The greatest thing about setting a goal and reaching it is the reward. Whether it's intrinsic (pride, satisfaction, relief) or extrinsic (a trophy, a tee shirt, a cupcake) -- the anticipation of a reward at the finish line is enough to keep you going.
On Sunday's ride, I think I planned a different reward as every mile passed. As usual, the rewards related to food (did I mention cupcakes?). Usually I crave ChickFilA, a real Co'Cola, but at mile 30 I was looking forward to the after ride treat: Moe's Chicken Burritos.
I also talked about wanting cute clothes and new tri gear. Not much has changed! I still think about these things when I ride and race.
I will use these strategies when I’m riding this Saturday, too. I’m doing BIKE THE BANKS 100-miler from Emerald Isle to Cape Lookout and back. I did this ride several years ago and I’m happy to see how it’s grown and if I can still endure the long miles. I am going with friends - Nikki, Donella, Stephanie and Geri are coming from Charlotte to do their longest ride so far this year. I will sing on the bike! And, I will most likely imagine all the goodies I can eat post-ride.