A lot goes on within a race. I rarely write about my experiences because racing has always been more of a personal journey for me, rather than a competitive one, and I often find it difficult to articulate. Although there are stretches of time where I am very focused on racing, by the time I get to the finish line everything has changed. I no longer seem to remember the number of miles between aid stations, the splits I was trying to achieve, or the distances and grades of the climbs. That information has all been replaced with experiences that I’ve had along the way. These experiences most often turn into lessons and gratitude that I’ll then apply to my next race and also to my everyday life. Lessons like “How to keep going when things get really tough”, “What my emotions are telling me about my physical body”, “How fortunate I am to have friends who will share in my struggles and successes”, and so on and so forth.
For me, racing has become a pathway to self-discovery and I hope it always stays that way. My motivation has never been to be the best, but instead, be MY best.
My intention is to share my thoughts and experiences with you, in hopes that we can all learn from each other.
To get started with Disqus head to the Settings panel.