So I was pondering motivation the other day in my blog post and I looked at the things that motivated me, but after last week I think I have only got half the story so far.  More than motivation, it is Determination that will actually get me to the start line of the Coast 2 Coast in 2017.

I was handed a salient lesson in determination the other day.  My step daughter who we call Chicken has wanted a carbon bike since she started riding competitively in year 9.  I have resisted going out and buying one for her for a number of reasons and have articulated them to her since she first started asking.  One of the main reasons for not just buying her the bike of her dreams is that I believe that things need to be earned and handing her a $5k bike didn’t fit with that ethos.

However I’m not a complete Grinch, and so we set some conditions under which the bike could be achieved.  The conditions were, for every dollar she saved we would match it, and she could earn an additional $10 per race placing from 10th upwards to a total of $100 for a first place in a regional or national race.  The other condition was that she had to buy an expensive (light) carbon bike – we set the bar at $5k minimum spend.

Why an expensive one? Well Chicken has quite a light Aluminium framed bike at the moment – at just on 9kg it is actually lighter than a lot of her riding mates carbon bikes, so I didn’t see much point in getting her a carbon bike that was as heavy as her current bike.

Last week she had saved enough to buy her new carbon bike, and she bought beautifully – its a Cervello S5 and she is the envy of all her mates – at just on 7kg she should see a performance improvement on those long rides she loves.

The new carbon bike was the motivation, but it was determination that made her go to work two nights a week to earn money, determination that stopped her buying that stuff she wanted and made her save for the bike and determination that made her stick to her training plans no matter how brutal they seemed. I am immensely proud of her determination and dedication and I hope that I can emulate it over the next 16 months.

When I’m out for a run in the morning, once my feet have hit the pavement, its not motivation that keeps me going once I’ve started, its determination.  Determination that I will keep running until the next driveway, and the one after that, determination that forces me to keep pedaling up the hill regardless of the pain in my thighs.

Motivation is key to looking to the future and pushing you toward your goals, but it is often determination and grit that actually get you there.


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