I come across so much flash in cycling that it seems hard at times for me to find my way to the purity of the sport. I’m not trying to talk shit, I’m talking more about my own character defects. The flashy hype machine definitely hypnotizes me at times. These are the times when I find myself worrying deeply about what I need to buy, what bikes I don’t have, how amazing I’ll be if I get the next cool thing. I find myself forgetting about all the hard work I have put in, all the hours, the falls, the sweat, blood, and tears. More importantly, I find that I forget why I get on the saddle in the first place. There is a certain purity I find in cycling that I have never found anywhere else in life and trust me I have looked. This purity is what I seem to be trying to look for through a pair of dirty glasses when I am focusing more on what is on the outside of my relationship with cycling as opposed to what is on the inside.
A quick word about these videos. I take no credit for the creation of these at all, it was all the work of Rapha and whoever worked with them in the creation of them. I just love them and want you to love them too so I am sharing them here with you. If you follow the links I posed as the title above each video you will be direct you to the page that has a detailed description of what that stage was like, amazing photos, and even the route mapped out in detail so you can see as close to first hand as possible what it was like to experience what they did. Like I said before there are many other incredible videos in the stories link so check out those as well.
Rapha Continental USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 1 from RAPHA on Vimeo.
Rapha Continental USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 2 from RAPHA on Vimeo.
Rapha Continental USA Pro Cycling Challenge Moots Factory Tour from RAPHA on Vimeo.
Rapha Continental USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5 from RAPHA on Vimeo.
Rapha Continental USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 6 from RAPHA on Vimeo.
I injured myself.
About a year ago I ran too hard when I was trying to transition into a new style running shoe. It’s a style that is supposed to guide the runner ro run on their forefoot. I already do that and at the time I have been already running like that for years. I got all ahead of myself and ran super far, for me at least, on the shoes every other day for a few weeks, I did not build up the muscles in my leg. What happened is I pulled a muscled in my calf. Bummer. I chilled out, I relaxed and healed.
Recently I have been working on running in and sometimes writing about my experiences with the New Balance 101 minimal trail shoes. Honestly, I could just stop the review right now and say they are without a doubt the best pair of running shoes I have ever run in but I still do want to write about them once they die. Like the biography of a pair of my favorite shoes. That’d be fun. I’m rambling, anyway, what happened is that he shoes are just so awesome to run in that they completely bring me back to the “Holy shit running is so damn fun” running zone.
I have been running trails pretty steadily for the past little while and having best time I’ve had in I can’t even remember how long. As I have previously written I don’t usually run with a watch so I don’t really know how long I take or how far I go. When I have plans later in the day I take a watch, I don’t want to be a flakey runner. But for the most part I don’t. The past 2 runs I have gone way farther than I usually do. I basically did a distance day, I’m assuming somewhere between 8 and 10 miles, went and rode some hills on my bike the next day, and the next day after that did another distance running day, about a mile shorter than the first. I need to not do that. I forget to let my body heal after I push for a day. I should have dome a short day the day after the ride but no, my excitement got the best of me and I ran too far.
So now I agitated that old injury in my calf. Poopy. That would be the official Dr. Pat psychological term for how I feel. Poopy. I can walk on it no problem so it’s not horrible but it is swollen. My left calf is visually, at least is was yesterday and the day before, a little bigger than my right. I’m all weird and self conscious about it. As if anyone else notices anyway. It’s not really that bad, it’s just my body telling me to chill the fuck out and show some respect for the muscles and tendons I have worked so hard to strengthen.
My brain and excitement gets so far ahead of my body sometimes that this is what happens. Yes I want to run up mountains and hell yes I will be able to but I need to work up to it. I need to train if I want to go far, I can’t just get up and do it out of no where. As much as I want to make it to the top of the mountain now I have learned this here lesson and I plan on working up to the top slowly. Maybe like one good strong distance day a week or something like that.
Patrick Seabase. This guy is incredible. One of my all time cycling heroes. Unfortunately the videos are on vimeo so I can’t play the video here but I can give you the links….
Here’s his blog…
What Seabase can do on a track bike is more than most people ever do on a road bike. So fucking rad. I gotta go ride….
PS. I’m still running in and trying to find faults in those NB101 trail shoes. I haven’t forgotten.