So for the past few months I've broken the mold. Stepped way out of my comfort zone. Riding with faster groups of riders. Running with faster people.
And guess what.
It's paying off.
I might not be the fastest one pulling - but I'm able to hang with the pack of fast boys for a 60 mile ride with a 22+ MPH avg. I might not run the first 5 miles at a 7 minute pace - but I'll run the last 5 miles with the fast girls (ahhmmm..Helen Phipps) and kill that negative split.
I'm not going to lie and say that it is easy - because it's not. But the pain is just temporary and totally worth it.
I have never felt this good with my training - and I f-ing love it.
So go out there and take a chance. Be smart with the changes you make and make sure they are right for you - but something small can lead to awesome things.