RIDE LIKE YOU INVENTED IT.
This is what I’m going to try and keep in my mind, come two weeks from now.
See, the buildup to 18milesperhour’s adventure to our first 24hr solos at Old Pueblo has included a lot of physical training. A lot. But on the recommendations of some friends who regularly run ultramarathons, Ironmans and other such things, I’ve been reading a lot about endurance riders and runners. I’ve become fascinated with what will happen in my head during the 24 hours.
So along with being obsessively preparing my body, my kit, my to-do list, I’ve also been trying to prepare my mind.
When it comes down to it, that’s a huge factor in why I want to go and do the solo event – I think I may learn something about myself.
So I’ve read through accounts of heroic, insane, natural, unnatural and genuinely super-human behavior of some runners and riders that have been both an inspiration and quite frankly, sometimes a major put off. “Running until you go blind” is one example!
So anyway, fitness, core strength, food and nutrition and the love, motivation and support of my loved ones is all obviously essential. Then you get into little goals and rewards that some have recommend such as a clean pair of shorts and a cup of tea at midnight. Huzzah. Dividing the race into 6 X 4 hour blocks is another tactic. A lot of these tactics will definitely be used.
But there is one thing that I’ve gleaned and been thinking about more than anything else while racking up the hours over the last twelve weeks of training. It’s what I hope it will push me through the 24hrs, and maybe through the really tough times during the race. It’s simple really.
It’s just remembering that I love riding.
When you strip away all the distractions, preparation, kit, gear, competitive spirit and complexity, the reason I ride is because I love it. It makes me feel happy. I like being outdoors. That’s it. So even though I know at times in the last few weeks it’s been tough to train, and during the race there may well be times when I feel like quitting, I think that if I can just get to a place in my head where I just remember I’m doing what I love to do, then that may well be the biggest motivator.
So my repetitive advice to myself in the last few weeks, and for the race ahead will just be this:
“Smile, and ride like you invented it.”
If I can remember this, and ride with the same happiness and carefree abandon of someone riding for the first time ever, then I think (well I hope) everything may be alright.
But just to make sure, I’ll Sharpie it right onto my hand so I’ll remember it. Try it sometime, it works.
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