Mental Anguish…

April 3rd, 2012

Is probably not the best way to sell a sport to someone new, but those two words pretty much describe my recent entrance into the world of road racing.  Having dabbled in the sport over the course of 2011 to aid in my recovery from a leg break, this year announces my concerted effort in the sport.

Thus far I have come to the realization that there are going to be good days, bad days, rainy days, sunny days and some that are just down right ugly.  The spring of 2012 has not been kind to the cycling folks residing here in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  While other postal codes have enjoyed weather that southern California would be envious of, the sun has shown itself so few times I can’t seem to remember what the shiny orb looks like.

That makes training (outdoor riding or sitting on a trainer in the house watching television) exceptionally hard.  Cold, wet and dark verses “painfully boring” are not great motivators for getting kilometers under the rubber.  It is a constant battle with your mind, which on one hand wants to give up, but on the other hand knows the benefits of the kilometers.

I am learning to “See the gray” in the sport and life for that matter.  That the races aren’t about winning and loosing, that there is a huge block in between those two extremes and that each day builds on the previous.  Learning to ignore the screams from my mind, legs and lungs to stop, to continue turning the cranks and enjoy the ride.

Once the weather and my work load are in agreement, I will be heading out with good friend and photographer extraordinaire Dan Barham to catch some of my pain in digital format.  In the meantime, check out his portfolio on his website relating to road cycling.  Heck, check out all his photos! Dan Barham Professional Photographer