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Your inner self

February 28th, 2007

I had a bit of time to think today while on the bike trainer. I was pedalling in my garage with a temperature of -10°C,…with only a cycling jersey and shorts. I was still sweating despite the cold ambiant air, giving some idea of the intensity of the effort.

I was thinking how important it is to understand what is going on within one’s body when training and racing. A lot of people focus on factors happening outside themselves (aid stations, weather conditions, spectators, what other athletes are doing),…when the answer to racing well I believe comes from listening and understanding our ourselves. How does your body move? You should think,…am I fluid, am I efficient? Remember that your energy is precious,…conserve it however possible – and use it to move you forward, not to fight, resist or work against yourself. Don’t stress,..it only makes you tight and flustered,…things beyond your control do and will happen (like flat tires, missed nutrition, lost water-bottles),…champions always find a way to win or do well despite things going wrong. They let be the things they can’t change, and focus their energy on things they can, while doing so with purpose. The winning formula comes from within – I’m a big believer in this.

Best be off to work.

SC