One thing racing a bike has taught me, is that there are a lot of things that I hate. I wouldn't have thought that before honestly. But hard workouts, pushing myself to the absolute limit, pain and suffering, are all things I do not like. Like with anything else though, you have to get through it, and biking has taught me how to push through the things that I absolutely hate. It's become quite useful actually, because there are plenty of days, actually most days, that I do things that I hate. Usually these revolve around a task at work, or maybe a chore at home that I don't particularly care for. But when push comes to shove there's always something that I need to do that I despise.
When I have to go out and do a hard workout on the bike to get ready for race, I know as soon as I walk out the door I'm going to be in pain, and sometimes, it's for hours. But, I'm motivated by the fact that tomorrow I'll look back and be very glad that I did walk out that door. Not to mention the fact that I will race better and ultimately achieve my goals because of doing the thing that I hated.
Today I was working on refinishing my basement. I cannot stand demolition and cleanup. Sure it's fun for the first couple minutes, and then once the fun subsides, its a giant mess that I have to clean up. My wife wasn't home, so I was left to do the task on my own which was to carry countless loads of trash up from my basement, out my front door, down my front steps, and put it onto or into my car to take to the dump. I began to get annoyed wondering how many trips it would take me, how long it would take, how tired I would be... and then I stopped. Just like those annoying workouts that I hate, just like putting myself through pain intentionally (all for the sake of maybe doing better in a silly bike race) I realized the only thing to get you through the things you hate, is to stop thinking and start doing.
Before I knew it, the task was done. So whether its working out, cleaning your house, sitting in traffic or going to work, put your head down, stop thinking about how much you hate it, and get it done. The longer you wait, the more you dread it, the harder it will be.