I HAD AN EXCITING CALL TODAY. A first-timer, who had just completed his longest ride ever, The MS Ride. He'd done 30 miles...
... and was already looking forward to next year.
What could I tell this oakley-eyed young buck?
I could quote a wise man who spoke the truth about how to be a successful rider and racer.
So I will.
But, before I share the quote let's give it some context because this enlightened being first laid out all the do's and don'ts for his followers on a mountain top...
... commandments, if you will.
- Ride hard twice a week, easy the rest of days
- Eat whole foods
- Lift heavy weights daily
- Get plenty of sleep
- Do 1-legged drills
- Weigh in every morning
- Read wisdom daily
- Journal daily
- Drink enough
Thou shalt avoid:
What the teacher was laying out for the wouldbe racers was how to build a strong foundation, on rock vs sand.
He summed it all up with this...
Wide is the road which leads to destruction and narrow is the way which leads to PRs and Podiums.
Few understood the advice, or heeded the commandments.
Instead, they did their own thing.
- Trained as hard as they wanted, whenever they wanted
- Ate good some days, cheated the diet like mad other days
- Had good lungs, but zero strength and weak bones
- Lived in a sleep-deprived fog and poor recovery haze
- Pedaled in squares
- Continually expanded their spandex
- Atrophied their brains and spirits with social media
- Failed to explore their inner genius
- Were constantly dehydrated
We can wander the broad roads...
... or we can take the sage advice of the narrow path...
... they take the same amount of time
and render dramatically different results.
6.5 (back to morning rides, gonna be painful transistion)
Push Ups Pull Ups and Squats
20 minutes recovery
60 minutes reading + Journaling