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Hurry up and wait.

Ready or not…

Along with all of the excitement, anticipation and adventure, I feel lethargic. That’s what happens when you go endorphin cold turkey.  A rest week feels like a month. My body wants to move… or is it my mind that wants to? Five years ago, when I began endurance training in earnest, I read the standard of the industry, Joe Friel’s Training Bible. It began with, “Endurance training is 99% mental and 1% mental.” Such is life on a bike.

Toward the end of a long day in the saddle when your legs feel it, you have to daydream if you want the pain to go away. When you occupy your mind with something other than the lower half of your body, the lower half of your body disappears. It’s all mental. 

But it’s physical too. I’ve been in rest mode for a few days and my body doesn’t understand sedentary. For years I’ve spent about three hours a day training, six or seven days a week. I’ve run about 24,000 miles (25-30 /week) over the last twenty years and pedaled about 8,000 miles this last year. So when I stop everything and increase my food intake on top of that, I feel like a slug. But Friday’s just a couple of days away and I’ll need a little extra weight to help me through the first ten days. No matter what shape I’m in, I’m not use to 6-7 hours in the saddle for consecutive days. It’s going to hurt. Which brings us back to the mental. Go figure.

I’ll be writing from Virginia tomorrow and let you in on some of the history and geography I’ll pedal through over the next week.
Below: Picnic table carving from Hiker/Biker campsite on the Oregon Coast.
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