Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tiger Style

The capacity of one to enter the realm of work and perseverance is not that which can be set to the side and labeled “other.” I find that many people in all walks of life take the mere existence of reality fore granted. It irritates me as that of an intruder in my house.

Cycling isn’t a sport for the weak of heart, nor one for those with a fragile mind. Every day tests the audacity of the athlete in cycling. Much, much, much more so than the fellow who makes his way to his 9-5 every day. He who works under the spell of the winner is he who will never win himself, and resigns his position in humanity to a feeble future and much less than could be desired by the daring and courageous genes that so define human existence. It is the underlying hypocrisy of this resignation of basic human genetics that irks every cyclist and individual who maintains a cheek existence in a now cowardly society. There is not one day where a wily professional practicing in sport does not defy the resignation of the fear at the forefront of society and strive to be the best and achieve the excellence that they base their life upon. It is by these self-righteous fundamentals that fuel the selfish, loathing, and degrading charade of the common man. It is certainly a pity, but it is the content of our character and the light of our future… so for those who fear self help and breed despair into the masses… the future is bleak.