Actually, to me, lifting is one of the most uncomfortable activites one could ever engage in. I push myself to the limit each session and oftentimes overexert myself. Feeling beat up 3-4 days afterwards is no fun.
But while lifting for me is a chore, I love going to beat old records. The first time I deadlifted 405, I was ecstatic. The first time I dunked a basketball I had to go and do it ten more times.
So yes, I love the journey, but not the walking.