Today we embark on the first MTB race of the 2013 season.
While I cannot be in attendance, I will be riding in spirit (and in reality at the base location of Castlewood) and doing many of the same things that I will ask you to consider now.
When the race goes off, go.
Don’t hold back.
Don’t blow up, but don’t hold back.
You should know where your fitness level is and know that you can always ease up to recover to save the blow up.
However, there is no glory in stupidity or recklessness, so know the difference.
Feel confidence in who your are on and off the bike and shut the world out.
Do not worry about any other cares.
Don’t be unkind or unsportsmanlike, but you are racing for you and not anyone else.
This is your moment and you deserve to not wish you had done something different later.
Enjoy every time you nail a section that made you nervous.
That pride will pick up your cadence and spirit.
As in life, look ahead instead of down and you will go faster and roll over obstacles more freely.
When you get to a tricky or muddy section…pedal, pedal, pedal…
(Do this in life too.)
Don’t look back.
Who is behind you is their problem, not yours. If they need to pass, they will let you know.
If they ride your wheel, have a little fun with that and see what they (and yourself) are made of.
Maybe they will fall off; maybe they will stay on.
Either way, you will learn a few things here.
Finally, no matter your position or how you feel at the end…sprint it out.
The effort will remind you that you are still alive and will make you smile.
Much love and many good wishes to my friends racing in the dirt today.
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”