In the beginning, it was “What am I doing” to “I am going to die” to “This really hurts” to “I can’t breath” Now it’s like “Am I going to fast” “Am I going to slow” “When do I need to have my Gu” “100, 99, 98, 97” “1-2-3 1-2-3” “Nothing”
When I am finally thinking of nothing during a run, that is when I am calm. The Zen-like trance really helps me focus for the rest of the day or clear my mind from the happenings of the day.
Mind you don’t completely zone out because of traffic, but enough to clear your mind.
I usually don’t get then in the pool or when I ride the bike outdoors. In the pool, I am working on drills, elbows high and don’t drown. Biking outdoors, I am scanning for cars.
When I bike indoors, depending on the workout, I am looking at my bike computer for power and time and wanting to get it over with. But if I am just spinning for hours, I can get lost as well.
Whatever you think about during a workout, remember that you are lucky to be able to do this. People in parts of the world are running for reasons that we can not fathom.