Bike riding is all about suffering. I don’t care if you ride your bike slow, ride it fast, ride it long, ride it short (insert “that’s what she said” comments here). At one point or another anyone who has ridden a bike has suffered. But WHY?!?! For most of us this is just a hobby. Something that we are suppose to ENJOY! But we go out there day in and day out and ride our bikes and suffer. It downright hurts at times. No we are not getting paid for this so called HOBBY. In fact we take a huge loss. Time and money spent on equipment to make us go .0001 MPH faster, time tweaking our bikes to shift just right, time traveling to rides and races. And why do we do this you ask? It is so we can suffer! I wonder if I can make my hobby a tax write off? Hmmm than again maybe I don’t want to keep track of such an expenses. It might be depressing to see how much money I have spent only to realize that I still suck at riding a bike.
Recently there have been a few references to suffering on the bike. Bicycling magazine has a multi page article talking about suffering. Basically all I got out of this article is that suffering is in the mind. You can tell yourself it doesn’t hurt and you can go faster and harder. I call bullshit on that! Than again maybe I need some extra motivation … $$$$. Than maybe, just maybe I can suffer a bit more.
Recently during the USA Pro Challange. Garmin superhero DZ rode so hard that he puked! AND this was while he was still riding! Now that is suffering done right. His boss at the end of race had this to say about it …
“I knew that he’d just ridden so hard that he just threw up,” Vaughters said. “I mean good for him. That’s what I pay him for. He definitely put in a pretty solid effort the last couple of days. He’ll be tired tomorrow, there’s no doubt about that.”
Bottom line is that I guess we all like to suffer. We do it day and and day out. We work our “normal” office jobs, hurry home, change into our spandex, and out the door we go for a few hours of suffering. We come home and complain how hard it was, or how bad the ride was, or how we could of done this or that differently. We upload our Garmin data and analyze it, look at our numbers, see how bad we were suffering and see how bad we still suck at riding a bike. But you know what?….