“The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.”
Source: The Art of War
When I think about being ready for the enemy, and how it relates to being successful in endurance sports, I think a lot about focusing on what I can control.
If I prepare myself as best I can, I will be ready for the inevitable hard attack from my competitors due to enough training and building mental and emotional resilience.
I’ll be ready for the “dark patch” that comes in any longer event, and be prepared with proper nutrition, enough training, and mental strength.
Reducing all of these things to simple problems to solve before the competition creates success most of the time, allows me to race with a clear mind, and keeps me focused more on the process as opposed to the outcome, until it’s time to celebrate.
How are you “preparing for the enemy” this fall?
Studies Of Interest
What this means in layman’s terms, is get the foot thats in the recovery phase of the pedal stroke the hell out of the way as quickly as possible. I don’t believe in thinking about “ pulling up” much , its too slow of a concept to truly be effective. I would much rather people focus on the power quadrant of pedaling, riding at a higher cadence, and when it comes to the recovery phase,just get it the hell out of the way.
And most professionals, and former pros, have a beautiful pedal stroke from so much repetition. If there were any flaws in their biomechanics, they either addressed it via a great fit, deliberate practice to develop and improve it, or they never fixed it, stalled out, and dropped out of the sport. It’s also worth noting that most pros are pretty good at adapting to different bikes and positions, which is a hidden factor in selecting who continues on in a career.
Kudos and Results!
Noah Hayes- 5th Elite Men, Surf City CX1, Santa Cruz, CA
Noah Hayes, 17th Elite Men, Surf City CX2, Santa Cruz, CA
Owen Irving- 1st 15-18 Junior Men, Surf City CX1 , Santa Cruz, CA
Matt Christiansen- 10th Masters Men 45A, Surf City CX1, Santa Cruz, CA
Matt Christiansen- 8th Masters Men 45A, Surf City CX2, Santa Cruz, CA
Jay Parkhill, 10th Masters Men 45A, Surf City CX2, Santa Cruz, CA
I’ve donated a Premium Level Fit ( Including G-8 Insoles) to be auctioned off at this years Norcal Cyclefest By The Bay on November 13th! Live music, auction, bull riding, gold sprints and more! You can see more details and buy tickets HERE
UPDATE- THE TICKETS TO CYCLEFEST ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT!