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Habitat500 Training Tip #9

Posted: 2009-04-06 00:00:00

Pain – managing obstacles, a mole hill is only a mole hill, make no mountains

It took me four years of doing this ride to realize that most normal people (non Lance Armstrong types) will experience some pain when riding 500 miles in seven days. As you look around, no one is complaining. You see a couple of winces as people sit down, bend over or get up from a comfortable park bench. The key, I have learned, is in managing the pain so that it is bearable and not enough to force you to stop riding. Keeping a correct pace is important as well as the right mind set. If you think about your knee hurting for eight hours as it goes around and around it will hurt worse than if you focus on the cow that is looking at you in dumbfounded fashion. I actually thought about drawing upside down happy faces on the tops of my knees to keep me thinking positively about them!

If you focus on the mile long hill you will seemingly take forever to crest it than if you focus on the great speeds you will reach when you start heading down the other side.

Perspective has a lot to do with managing the mole hills that try to become mountains in life. Dealing with simple things like aching muscles in a seven day ride helps me remember these lessens when the challenges begin in the real world.

-Nathan Thompson
Executive Director
written after the 2007 Habitat500

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