Been Awhile since I posted a bike related blog...or any for that matter. This season I made a decision to focus on Mountain Bike racing vs road racing. There were a few reasons why i chose to do this but mostly I just enjoy riding in the woods more. Surprisingly, I find XC Mountain bike racing more demanding. There is less strategy in XC Mountain biking than road racing but a bigger demand on fitness, strength and endurance. In Road racing the fastest doesn't always win...team tactics..drafting..etc tend to "level the playing field". Conversely in XC Mtn Bike racing the fittest fastest usually wins.
Lofty title I know but stay with me. Far from some facile Nietzchean "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger" notion this is a blog about cycling not philosophy (duh) and besides, the good philosopher died at 46, quite possibly of syphilis. Keep that in mind the next time you quote a pop song. Ahem.
On New Year's Day I left my house for a training ride under grey skies and a temperature of 37 degrees (lack of effort on the part of the weather gods, who apparently took the day off as well). Heading into a chilly, windy metric on a mountain bike no less, my brain told me I was probably missing the point of the holiday. Be that as it may I remembered an article passed on by fellow lunatic Mark Drogalis of Toasted Head Racing - http://toastedheadracing.wordpress.com - which is one coach's diatribe on what separates good athletes from the elite: namely one's ability to suffer.