"Self improvement is masturbation, now self destruction..." -Tyler Durden, Fight Club
Riding, Racing, Training can be considered self improvement, but to really ride, race and train there has to be an element of self destruction. Let's call it self improvement through self destruction. This attitude of self destruction is not always realized, maybe not even recognized to the untrained eye. But it is there.
When was the last time you turned yourself inside out trying to stay with someone on a ride who is better than you? You know that feeling when your legs turn to molten lead, start to seize up, and you are no longer able to even pedal squares? Ever throw up in your mouth trying to bridge a gap, or taking a pull to keep the break, away?
We destroy our bodies, we break down muscle fibers, we endure broken bones and roadrash. We do this in the hope that we will come back fitter, stronger, faster. Call it what it is, but don't try and fool yourself into thinking that you are being "good" to your body.
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