The Logic of Long Distance
'07: 1324.5 | '08: 1561 | '09: 1810.9 run ~ 208.7 bike | '10: 1,000.3 run ~ 3513.5 bike | '11: 710.3 run ~ 4157.9 bike '12: 659.9 run ~ 3365.6 bike (100% benched by ortho last 4.5 weeks while in long-arm cast)
• DON'T BREAK ANYTHING!!!
• get within 5#s of 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
• 1st olympic distance duathlon
• 1st Iceman Cometh mtn bike race
• Half Fanatic
• punch Type 1 in the junk
Why is it that we can run so much faster in races than we do in training?
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Alright, so maybe I was being a cheeseball when starting this post...
3. There is a healthy feeling of strife. I'm talking about competition. Most of the time when I'm at odds with my wife, my peers, my friends, my fellow drivers, the tension between us feels unhealthy (see Mike's description of the adult soccer league on another thread). We experience strife between ourselves and the world on a daily basis. The competition of a race allows us to embrace that strife, to make it our own. In a race, it's okay to be faster. It's okay to beat others. It's okay to be beaten. This is a rare occurrence in contemporary life--we can be at one with strife.
Races are simple when done right. Good races just happen to us--we don't produce them. And maybe that's because in a race it's okay to let yourself go a bit, to drop for a few minutes all your compulsions, to quit trying to control all the details. For a few moments, it's all about something as simple as letting yourself go, letting your feet fly. Running.
Roads were made for journeys...
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