Our first ride of the season will never be our strongest. Our first bike rides of the season can be ridiculously short. Little by little our rides will get longer and will be accomplished with less effort. It takes regular focused effort to build our strength for longer rides. Conditioning will only happen with spending regular time and significant effort. True athletes don't achieve success without tremendous effort. It is often humbling to see what sacrifices they make to focus on their training goals.
We train best when we have a specific training goal to work toward. When we are training for a big ride late in the summer, we are motivated to make sure our muscles are ready to go the distance. We structure our time to make sure our training rides happen to avoid falling short of our goal. We want our legs to be strong enough to carry us through the trip, so we work hard in preparation. It can be easy to get frustrated when conditioning does not happen quickly. We are a generation of instant gratification and we don't want to have to work so hard to achieve our goals. However, it is in the daily persistence that our muscles gain their strength.
Our spiritual muscles require the same training. It is so important to be consistent in exercising our spiritual muscles. Are we making the regular time to be in relationship with our God? How much effort do we put into our spiritual life? Are we cultivating deep relationships or are we content to meet God only superficially. If we don't allow our faith to permeate our lives those spiritual muscles will never develop. What kind of spiritual goals are we setting for ourselves? Do we make goals that motivate us to continue our training?