Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Morrilton, Arkansas
Sorry, I just found this thread. The holidays were very busy in several different ways. So, now it is time to start getting caught up.
Thanks Donnie, this is a very thought provoking topic!!
Every time I get on the bike, the thought goes through my mind, "how do I feel today", and based on that, "what kind of pace should I run"? Often times as I ride, that "how I feel" will change. Sometimes it develops into a faster pace sometimes the reverse. I guess what I'm saying is any ride should begin with a gut check.
The mental conflict begins when your riding with others and their pace is different from what you feel like doing that day. A couple of years ago at Rockies Gold, I started the day leading a ride. And by the end of the day I was in the rear. I just didn't feel like running the faster pace that day.
That day helped me realize how important it is to listen to that inner self and gut check. The ride experience for me was much better than it would have been trying to stay in the lead.
They say "experience is the best teacher"!! It is very important to listen to that experience and "ride our own ride"!!
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