Whilst cruising the Basque country roads today I started thinking about my career as a whole. The struggles and personal triumphs. It's likely because I'm currently battling yet another force opposing me in my athletic endeavors. The return of the intestinal infection. I won't go into detail but I have been forced to take a step back, not brought to halt but far from what would be ideal circumstances. I was thinking about all this as I rode along.
This is just another wave in the break. I started imagining my career as waves crashing to shore. In order to get out into the open, or even better, surf your way in, first you must duck through a series a waves coming hard at you. Some you manage to duck under, others crash into you and push you back to shore, tumbling almost all the way in leaving you a little bruised and battered. So you start again, and again. Eventually, if you get far enough the waves become easier to pass and you are free to swim in the calm waters. The ride back in, rocketing to shore on top of the wave is the reward for your efforts. Those few seconds of elation make it all worth it. This is sport.
Every fracture, torn ligament, concussion etc I've ever had is just a wave that knocked me. I feel like am reaching the last few waves and although this one has knocked me back, it wasn't all the way. I'm almost in the calm waters.
When I think of the setting of my personal metaphorical career, I picture Jaws! As much as I would like it to be a lagoon or the beaches near my house with tiny ripples hitting the pebbled beaches...it's definitely Jaws. Or at least some famous surfing location like in Indonesia. Hopefully, if/when I make it to the surf part, I'll have as good of a time as this guy!
Anyway, just my thought for the day! I've ridden many solo hours this year. It's good time to let thoughts wander.
In case anyone is worried about the infection; I'm doing everything can I from here to control it and I'm actually coming around. I'll get looked after at home in 11 days!! #countdownison And yes, I will definitely be racing London and giving my best effort! I raced Edmonton with this infection so hope of having a good day is not lost! I'll just be extra tapered ;)