Tuesday, September 16, 2008

No Backing Out Now!

Race number 3378. Pip goes to Taupo! OMG - I've wanted to do this for years and I'm finally doing it!

Kathryn has secured four of us a room in the YWCA for two nights on the weekend of the Round the Lake Challenge. Right now we're dreaming of sinking into a hot mineral spa after finishing. The only problem I foresee with that plan is that it's a long steep walk uphill to get back to the car afterwards. Oh, and every other tired, sore cyclist is likely to have the same idea!

The plan is to complete an 80km race in the Wairarapa on 5 October and a 100km race the weekend after that. Both will provide a good lead up and will also give me a better idea of the likely time for Taupo. I've entered a very conservative estimated finish time for Taupo for now.

This morning in RPM a phrase I'd heard the night before popped into my mind. However instead of thinking to myself "pain is weakness leaving the body" I realised I was chanting "pain is fear leaving the body". It seemed apprpriate really. Pain is learning not to be afraid to find out what I can do. Pain is a side effect of being all I can be and doing all that I can do. I take this route not because it is easy but precisely because it is hard. When I was afraid I did all that I could to avoid the pain. By confronting pain face on I am brave.


Sass said...

Just remember that pain is sometimes the universe's way of telling you to take a break!

Still, exciting Tauponess!

Pip said...

Yes, there is that too! Good point ...