One of the things I like best about riding is that it gives me a chance to clear my head and to get rid of some of the stresses of family life, raising kids and a sometimes stressful job. That’s one reason why I actually enjoy riding alone a majority of the time. On a a recent solo training ride I was being somewhat introspective and I realized a few things that I wanted to share with you.
Second, on days I don’t ride, I am feeling the itch to ride. This tells me that my mind and body are getting used to regular riding and I am becoming an athlete again. Missing a daily workout is something that puts me in a bad mood and makes me feel blah. The rush of dopamine that you get from riding, or running, the “runner’s high” is said to be as addictive as heroin and when you don’t have your fix… you really feel like you are missing something.
The third thought I had this week during a training ride and the most profound is that there is no way I can finish the Leadville 100 MTB on August 13th! This thought leaves me terrified, scared, intimidated and motivated at the same time. I know for a fact that if I had to do the race tomorrow I wouldn’t make the cut off (12 hours) or even the checkpoints. Have you ever felt like there was something so daunting and challenging that you simply couldn’t accomplish it? For me, this is the first time in my life I feel as though there is something so daunting and challenging standing in my way that I can’t do. Well, that’s today… tomorrow? Thats’ a different story.
Qualifying for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships
The Promise of Tomorrow
So today… I’m not a sub 12 hour finisher of the Leadville 100 MTB but with a lot of training… and some luck… I will be.
Will you be the same tomorrow? Or someone better than today’s self? It’s up to you… and only you.
If you would like to show your support for T4 Global, the non profit I am raising money for while I train for the Leadville 100… you can click here to donate or join us on May 19th at Oak Highlands Brewery to watch the movie Race Across the Sky and have a beer.