Saturday, July 26, 2008

GMs "midseason" pep talk. 

"despite the fact we're still in the middle of the Tour, the fact is that road racing season's basically over anyway. The astute rider has already written it off and begun focusing his or her attention on cyclocross. The key to a successful racing season is to always live a minimum of four months in the future, mentally-speaking. That way you can dismiss your poor performances as simple preparation. Sure, you may not get anywhere near the front of the pack in a road race this summer, but you're just trying to get some intense mileage in so you'll be ready for cyclocross season. Poor mountain bike racing is even easier to rationalize--you're just doing that to improve your bike-handling. And of course once 'cross season does begin, you're still under no pressure to get results because, really, you're just doing it to maintain your form during the off-season. With the right attitude, you can surf an entire year of racing like a great big wave of mediocrity. Winning is for dopers and sandbaggers."

4 comments:

Frenchy aka Bike Boy said...

Makes total sense now taht i think about it....

Anonymous said...

So true.

Also, BSNYC.

Anonymous said...

My personal favorite along these lines is "I'm racing into shape." It's particularly my favorite because I use it every cross season in order to explain my lack of fitness and preparation.

PB in Utah, USA

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Best thing I have read all season...