Wednesday, November 11, 2015
No one thought it would work, but you never really had any doubts. You now have evidence of what's possible, so do whatever it takes to share your findings with the rest of the world. You alone have the power to improve on the work of those who have gone before you. When you're acting for the common good, no one has to know about some of the perks that end up in your hands. The end result is the only thing that the general public is interested in anyway.
The way I'd like to interpret this is my recovery from my hip injury and riding and racing single speed bikes. In the moment I knew that hopping back on the bike asap was what I needed to do to mentally and physically heal myself. Plus, I felt that there was no time to waste. Taking time off for lets just say "proper recovery" or defaulting to a geared bike would have been the inferior road to take. In a funny way I almost think it was ego telling me that, not that anybody else would have even given a rats ass. In doing so, I learned so much more about what my body and mind is capable of, and how far the human body actually can be pushed. So much, that when I think back to the last two years of living and racing my mind is still blown. My evidence for whats possible is that anything is possible.
I also greatly rely on the ideas and accomplishments of those who have passed before me. Just being great friends with Dwayne G I've learned a bunch. Or had I not seen Craig Ethridge tots destroy the Mens Open race on his SS at Gateway Cross Cup in 2012 then my life would have changed right then and there. I'd prolly be racing gears now. Or the following year when Gerry Pflug won Mohican 100 overall on a SS. Both showing that in the small niche of off-road bike racing anything is possible. Dwayne, Craig, and Gerry all opened my eyes to being confident in experimenting with seemingly trivial concepts like crank length or chainring size or h.bar choices, etc. And if those dudes can do it than why can't I do it too or at least expand upon their ideas to make it better? Reading back I chuckle at myself for even making this a post, but I over analyze often and perhaps thats what I'm doing now. Analyzing shit, though, is what got me where I am with racing today, and with very little support.
As for the perks, who knows? Hope its that everybody walks away as stoked! And it true, what they say about the end result. Its the only thing anybody ever really pays attention to, and not the long hard road it takes to get there. Which is a shame because thats where all the interesting stuff happens, on the journey. In the great words of Bon Scott from AC/DC Its a long way to the top if you wanna rock n' roll. Sometimes though, just sometimes its all worth it.