SOMETIMES WE FORGET WHY WE DO THE THINGS WE DO. This week my friend Bart challenged me to answer a simple question...
... Why do you want to help people rip on raceday?
Weirdly, it was difficult to answer concisely.
My first take...
Because I know if people will pick an A race, just 1 race a year, everything changes and improves: nutrition, sleep, training, etc.
... he wasn't impressed.
It's something deeper, think about it.
When FB served me this memory today I realized a few things:
- I've been helping people rip on raceday for decades
- Not as a coach, or mentor
- As a friend
When I sent the post card above to my pal Jeff in 2011, it was just after his 9th Leadville. He's had crazy, life changing experiences out there on that 100 miles MTB race...
... and hasn't always been able to finish, it's hard and shift happens.
The following year, 2012, we were going back to complete his 10th race and get...
... the coveted 10th Giant Buckle.
The card I sent said this on the front:
Out With A Bang 2012!
On the back:
Let's get your PR!
A year later, we met up on the road to Leadville and he pulled out that card. I'd forgotten about sending it to him.
It's been on my desk for months!
He really went all in that year.
- Hired a coach
- A nutritionist
- Arranged work so he could train
His family was super supportive of his quest.
How'd it work out?
On the podium (2nd I think).
I tell you that, because I want you to know where I'm coming from when I say...
... I want YOU!, to Rip On RaceDay!
There is no better feeling than setting an outrageous goal,
going all in to accomplish it,
making it reality.
I have experienced it many times on and off the bike,
during endurance races and personal challenges.
Riding fast is something I've been blessed with,
and I love helping other people discover what they can really do...
... on a bike.
That is why I created the RaceDay Ready Challenge...
... I want to see you have the same experiences Jeff and I have had.
PS It is easy to get hung up on the podium, or winning, or paid events. They are awesome, and the podiums are a bonus. However, I have had just as much of a thrill when Pete and I spent 6 months to get our PR up Harding Truck Trail.
Just us, on a given day.
We didn't break our goal of going under an hour,
but we shattered our previous bests...
... still gives me tingles.
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