Friday, December 9, 2011
He has fun playing football. I have fun riding my bikes. He is a winner. I am a winner. My wife likes us both, but for different reasons. He thinks about what he is doing and he studies and prepares for success on the field. I think about what I am doing and I consider myself a student of cycling and I carefully prepare for my successful development on the bike. He is fearless. I am fearless. He plays on the best team in the country. My family is the best team I could have behind me. But I want to ride like the Honey Badger plays football.
When LSU plays on TV it is like a national holiday in my house. My wife is an LSU alum. If my wife had LSU flags, they would be planted in the yard. All the kids have their LSU Tigers or Tiger in Training t-shirts on. We have LSU Christmas ornaments. The feast on game day is more elaborate than any I've had on Thanksgiving or Christmas. It's the only time my wife is OK with me going to Chili's and wasting money on chips and salsa. There are Tiger brownies, Tiger dip, Jimmy Dean sausage cheese balls, celery, Totino's pizza rolls, Totino's pizza, chips, salsa, and sometimes pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Basically we eat until we are almost sick as we sit around and watch the Tigers play in HD.
Coach Chavis also said: "I've been in this business a long time. There's been other guys similar, but he has as much natural ability as anyone I've been around." And unfortunately, that's where the similarities stop. I am not a natural on the bike. I don't like pain and suffering or being out of breath. I don't like my legs to burn with lactic acid. I have to work hard at it. I have to work hard to push myself. I don't climb well. I am slow. I can easily ride right past my heredity's ability to deal effectively with what I am doing. Bottom line: I lack that "natural ability."
I want to ride like the Honey Badger plays football. Geaux Honey Badger! I want to celebrate my accomplishments on the bike. I want to thump my chest and do an end zone dance. I want my family to be proud of me. I want fans. I want to take what I want. And what DO I want?
I want to have enough ability and enough skill and enough stamina that no matter what I do or try on the bike I have enough to make it fun. I want to force my will. On myself. I want to get better at pushing myself harder. Pushing myself farther. Pushing myself faster. I want to force my will on myself. To suffer more. To get stronger. To try harder. Be more explosive. More fearless. I want to spike the ball. Geaux Me! I want to ride my bike like the Honey Badger plays football.
Posted by Steve Wilson