Brain Exercise and Consumed with Want

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Before my first official race, last season

Many cyclists get trapped in the mindset of seeing the latest gadget or bike or whatever and thinking, if I had that then it would help me so much. Please do not mistake what I am saying. I am still that way more often than I should be, even though I am blessed with great gear and friends and places to ride. Lately, I am consumed with want of KNOWLEDGE. I have tried to feed this want by reading cycling biographies and autobiographies, from Hamilton to Voigt. After all, if I can glean even a single piece of training information or racing strategy from a man who has dedicated his life to cycling, why not? Although, one must wade through a lot of phooey.

Bless his heart, Jens Voigt writes like he talks (“You know?” “I tell you.” It can be quite taxing on a reader). Hamilton is just a tragedy (self-inflicted), all the way around. Cycle of Lies by Juliet Macur is well written , but it only reinforces that Lance Armstrong was a person who destroyed peoples’ lives that included his own (not new). Hincapie’s book on loyalty is ridiculous, almost pleading the reader that he did dope but stopped before this certain time and blah blah blah. I still have David Millar’s The Racer on stand by. Thus far, the best of these I have read is Domestique by Charly Wegelius, though he does leave the reader with so many unanswered questions. I even made notes in the book and plan on stalking him . . .  err, look him up one day in a sportive or such and asking him my questions. The jury is still out on whether I am ready to dive into Chris Froome’s latest. I keep getting more and more suggestions in this genre on my Kindle, so if someone has one that turned out to be a good read (more about cycling and less to nothing about doping), please let me know. Also, if anyone out there has read Cadel Evans’s book, let me know what you think in the comments.

Like I stated from the start, reading an entire book and grabbing a few training or racing nuggets can always be beneficial. I thoroughly enjoy reading some kind of training tactic and trying it out. Sometimes it is awesome and sometimes it is a dud for me, but it depends on a lot of things. Racing is something to which I am new, so just about everything is interesting and worth a try. Without a doubt, it is a WHOLE different animal. I hope that I go to my grave with the desire to still learn things anew and pray my passion stays that way.

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
–Samuel Ullman

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