Now, as my body gets stronger with every ride and realizes sore quads, calves, and hamstrings are a regular thing, I now face another challenge:
THE MIND! I knew it was bound to happen, but I didn’t expect it to be so hard. My body is, for
the most part, able to keep up. However, during the longer, flatter days of riding, my mind
wanders, gets bored, and with the sun beaming down on us, it is ready to give up. Yesterday on
a 75-mile day, I faced a big mental block. The heat was getting to me, and what made it worse
was seeing the same road go on forever, knowing we had to ride more than 10 miles on it. Right
there I wanted to stop.
With this, another thought that has stuck with me during the past two weeks came to mind. It
keeps me going at keeps me going more than anything: the importance of teamwork. I could not
do this without the Dream Team, and I love how we conquer challenges together. When I hit
that mental block and was ready to give up, they already knew!