For years I have been a singletrack misfit, faster than the casual rider and slower than most of the more serious ones. I’ve always been able to crank out the miles, but usually at my own pace. When riding with others, I always found myself wanting to be faster but lacking the dedication to put the hours in the saddle to get there. It’s a big reason why I joined the NEMBA team in the first place. I figured if I represented a team, I’d be more likely to stick to my commitment. That said, I figured I’d put in some time and try and represent well in the Novice class. Well, I have been sticking to my commitment and I have been putting in the saddle time to make sure I represent the NEMBA team as best I can.
I never really thought about any other added benefits to joining a team until this week. Ride Bully sent out an e-mail this week calling out the sport contingent. It was just the motivation I needed to suck it up and step to the plate. I entered the Weeping Willow as a sport vet I for the first time ever. In doing so, I crossed a mental barrier for me. I made a commitment to myself and our team to train harder than I ever have before.
I have an eight mile loop at Willow street that I ride every two weeks or so to use as a time trial. Today I set my fastest time ever…by a good margin. It felt incredible. Today I felt like I was one step closer to my goal of joing the ranks of the more serious riders, and no longer being a singletrack misfit.
Thanks for the motivation Shawn!