Going (Completely) Against Type

Often, the best endurance athletes are self-centered and obsessive. Self-centered in prioritizing their performance above everything else and obsessive in their commitment to training.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, I’m the opposite of obsessive. I run a little, swim a little, and cycle a little between trying to do right by the Good Wife, mowing the lawn, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, reading, writing, watching StrangerThings, and keeping track of our finances. For good measure, every fall, I teach a little.

Don’t mistake the list as complaining. I like my non-obsessive life. A lot. Even if I was much younger, I wouldn’t want to be a full-time Swimmer or Runner or Cyclist.

This week though I’m going completely against type as a full-time cyclist. I’m writing from a house in central Oregon that Alex, Mark, and Dennis and I have rented. Every day, as per our early June tradition, we’re going long with about 40-50 other crazies. No lawn to mow, no other obligations, just hours upon hours of exerting myself on two wheels. Then the foam roller, then massive calories, then sleep. Rinse, repeat.

For five days, the single mindedness is a kinda cool alternative reality. I will do my best to update you on our adventure as it transpires.

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