Hearing that the podcast I'd done with Sparta Chicks was the 2nd most popular episode of the year has really made me reflect on how much 2020 has changed me. So this is a bit of a deep dive into what I've worked on and learned this year. And it's not only about cycling.
I went into this Everest with clarity of focus, iron clad will, and a calm (anxiety free) outlook. But the planets didn't align on this one, and when my body screamed at me to stop I actually listened this time. So how important is this DNF? And why should I celebrate it?
As athletes, mental toughness is something that we constantly need to work on. Developing, training, testing, so that it's ready for when we need to call on it. So how do we work on mental toughness during lockdown in a pandemic? Spoiler alert: the answer may not be what you think.
And now for something completely different. "Settle in and buckle up; this is a fun, deep, long and laughter filled episode of Sparta Chicks Radio."
Once upon a time someone mentioned the idea riding 600km without sleeping. #itseemedlikeagoodideaatthetime The end.
Sometimes big goals need other big goals to aim for along the way. So here it is, the ride that tested where I’m at on my road to PBP, and also test my bike and kit setup. Let's just say the weather was character building.
So turns out there is something to be said for specificity training. Therefore, if at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and try again. And never stop learning.
And at the end of [Sydney to Melbourne] I said to Max ‘I will never do that again... ever’...”
And then I got a phone call 📞
Sounds weird doesn't it? I mean, how hard can down time be? You get to sleep in, eat whatever you want, drink any day you want, spend precious time with the family, and generally aren't fatigued/sore/falling asleep on the train. Essentially you get to be a 'normal' person. But what happens when you don't want to come back to the bike?