August 7, 2009

I am not letting you off that easy.

Months ago, you asked for motivation. You were looking for a pep talk; words of encouragement that would get you out the door and in the saddle.

The responses were overwhelming, potentially slowing down the facebook server for a brief moment – HS, get after it.

You have an unbelievable support network, amazing friends, and a strong will. You want to ride, to train, to race. You love the mud, the cow bells, the pain, the reward. You love Forest Park in the rain and a strong shot of whiskey or a good cup of coffee when the pedals stop turning. I don't know you well, but I know you well enough to put my foot down.
Now it my turn to say something… to respond to this passive solicitation for a good slap across the face:

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that my random acts of fitness may be all I can get out of myself for a few years. It’s not that I’m giving up, it’s more like I’m calming down.

I am not letting you off that easy.

Everyday I struggle to fit it all in. Work, training, relationships, life. It isn't easy. I have the occasional break down. We all do. But some how we do it. Why? Because it is a part of who we are. A friend of mine calls it Bike Disease. My mother calls it addiction. I like to call it passion – the thing that fuels you and gets you out of bed in the morning. Whether you like it or not, it is in you.

So here is your wake up call.

Don't calm down, get after it.
Don't just settle, charge.
If you want it, make it happen.

Come October 4th, when we all line up, I want to see you there. Smiling and ready for another season of beautiful cross.