As I prepare mentally and physically to the PTP 2017 Trans America bike ride it can at times be daunting. Certainly the physical component is a huge. My preparations have begun even now with training rides of increasing length each month. It is interesting that you can actually go farther than your legs think they can. For me a have found one can press through the initial pain message you get. One habit I found works for me is to take on food each hour I am riding. Oranges and bite size snickers bars seem to really give me a physical boost.
But the mental preparation may even be more important. Yogi Berra, baseball player–not cartoon character–once said, “90% of baseball is half mental”. Wrap your mind around that for a minute or two. I have been working on my mental discipline for quite some time by committing to certain courses of action or inaction. Primarily to teach myself I can do what I set my mind to do. One year, I gave up donuts, the next year ice cream, the following year, chips and finally in 2016 I said no desserts after 5 PM. So far I am into December and I have stayed the course even through Thanksgiving.
My longer bike rides of 50-60 miles do require me to stay focused on today’s goal. That mental discipline will be much needed as we climb the mountain grades. (Only to descend the other side)
Join us at Extreme to do something way beyond the routine. God will help us as we rely on his strength and yours and mine availability.