The Type of Cyclist I Want to Be.

A while back I wrote about being hung up on the idea that I could change my life by changing the way I rode. I was reminded of that post last night when I was thinking about how I want to race next season. But deeper than that, how I want to live my life. There are some constants in these pages, but two dominate above all.

  1. The embracing of Suffering
  2. That change comes through the willful embrace of that suffering.

It’s easy to sit here and say that I want to always race with panache, but when the time comes… In order to answer the question of how I want to race I have to know how I want to live. An answer that does not come easy. When I was taking notes on these thoughts I asked myself several questions.

  • What do I want?
  • How do I want to live?
  • Who (which version of myself) do I want to be?
  • How do I get there?

Some of those questions (like the first one) are easy to answer. The last one, that’s the tricky bit.

I don’t have much more than that. Plus, my answers won’t be the ones that are right for you. I still don’t know how I’m going to answer all of these questions, but I’m sure the answer lies somewhere in the space that comes in route to your max heart rate.

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