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Friday, January 18, 2008

On My Commute today....

So the last week has been interesting. I have felt like a fish out of water. Rushing to take a this really me?

I wanted to ride fewer miles on the days leading up to the San Diego Brevet Series 300km. I took the Metrolink one day from Irvine to Oceanside round trip. I rode my bike from Oceanside to Encinitas in the morning and back to Oceanside in the afternoon. Today I took the Amtrak from Irvine to Solana Beach. It was a nice relaxing ride on the train but getting to the train was nerve-racking. I kept thinking if I missed the train then I would have to ride my bike home. Isn't it funny how I was commuting the whole way on the bike the week before but this week I was fearing the ride? It's just one of those things where when your mind is expecting one thing it is a shock to the body and mind to do something else.

On the first day of my train commuting, I walked up to the platform carrying my bike and immediately a gentleman approached me. We started talking about the bike, riding and different events. I told him I was doing a brevet and he was familiar with them.

SO I asked, "How do you know about brevets?"

He replied "I tried PBP once has really bad knee problems and didn't finish."

What a small world. There were three people on the platform and two of us were Ultra Cyclists.


  1. "It's just one of those things where when your mind is expecting one thing it is a shock to the body and mind to do something else."

    Hi George.. "It's just one of those things.." is definately the case.. On my rides (not nearly as epic as yours) my mind plays a major role.. Nearing the finish, whether I ride 50 or 150, I feel great until the last 10.. Seems like my mind reaches the finish before my body does.. Once my mind is done, I'm done.. Then it takes some amount internal discussion to keep focused..

    Good luck on the 300k.. We're still snowshoeing here until the sun comes back..


  2. Eric,

    I saw your blog pictures...knee deep in snow! Nice to look at or even visit but I don't know if I want to live offense.

    The trick that I use and ALWAYS works for me is...I think about what I am going to eat when I get home. Over the last 10 miles I just think:

    ""mmmmm.... I can't wait to get home and eat _______!"

    It's usually something that fits in a bowl and can be eaten with a spoon. Or something I slap between two slices of bread and I'm eating in 30 secs or less.