Endeavor to Persevere

One of my favorite movies of all time is “The Outlaw Josey Wales” starring Clint Eastwood.  Its one of the movies my dad had me watch as a kid.  It’s a great shootem up western, taking place right at the end of the Civil War.

The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales (Photo credit: csullens)

Don’t ask me why, but the most memorable line to me as a kid came from the old indian chief, played by Chief Dan George.  He said he had gone to Washington DC, and was told to “Endeavor to Persevere!”

Of course I had to ask what it meant.  My dad said it means to “Try and keep going even when things are tough!”

So what the heck does this have to do with riding the bike?  Well if you saw yesterday’s post, the weather here sucked!  I was relegated to riding in the shed.  Granted I was able to watch an episode of “Game of Thrones“, while riding, but it’s still NOT as much fun as outside.

The forecast for today was MUCH nicer.  OK, not “MUCH” but at least it was supposed to be drier.  However, Sunday is rarely a day of rest around here.  I had errands, and chores to do, plus finding time to blog.  So a plan was hatched,  I would get up at the “butt crack of dawn” as we call it in this house, get the fire started, make breakfast for myself, do the Starbucks run for my lovely wife and the kid, then crank out a fast 40!

I jumped in Lunar (He’s our Volvo, so named because he was purchased the night of a lunar eclipse, and the thermometer read 35 degrees, and it was misting.  I gave serious consideration to crawling back into a warm bed!  I know the Chilly Hilly is next week, but come on!

However, and I kid you not, this old indian’s voice entered my head and said “Endeavor to Persevere!”  In other words, “SUCK IT UP PAL!”  Well, I stuck to the plan, and cranked out a hard 40 mile run, with plenty of hills to work the legs.  At the bottom of the long hill up to my house, I had averaged 13.5 moh for 35 miles.  Not bad at all for this time of year.  On the downside, I saw the biggest FATTEST road kill rat I had ever seen!  Almost ran over it!  UGH!!!

Winter riding can suck, but here Washington, we don’t have the snow and ice issues of many of the rest of you do.  Ours is doable, with enough gortex and fleece, its just not the most pleasant riding ever.  However, with my riding goals this year, I need every mile and hill I can ride to get in shape.

This means I need to “Suck it Up!”  or as it was said before, “Endeavor to Persevere!”

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