One of the greatest challenges that faces the citizen/athlete
coping with how different we actually are from the rest of
Overall, we are a poorly understood group of people. The
that occupy our minds (adequately hydrated? disk wheel or deep
racing flats or trainers? lighter cranks? ship the bike ahead
or take it on the plane?
switch to bike shoes or use adaptors?) are foreign to most.
The problem seems to reach it's zenith at the work place. We
surrounded by the sedentary. They are everywhere. Despite
conversational ground with most people on a variety of topics,
it frustrates me
that I can't talk *passionately* with the guy next to me about
how training and
racing are so wonderful, such a great expression of being
human. Why moving
completely under one's own power, letting the child-like urge
to move and be
physical, to test our limits, is so central to our lives.
I've been nursing a tendon injury in my left knee for a month
a half, and have had to cease almost all training. It's
but my mind has not wandered from the sport. I'm still
race strategies, thinking of new workouts, wondering who won
Sunday's race, and checking the net for news. The sport is
bigger than an interest or hobby; it's an identity. It don't
matters if you are a pro, top age-grouper, or
it feels the same.
David F. Monti, NYC