Inspired by the California Triple Crown I have crystallized one of my secret goals into an actual goal for the adventure which is the TransAm. I was reading on their blog about “The Rollercoaster” which is the whole emotional up and down that comes along with riding long distances. I didn’t know it existed as a major component, although I certainly have experienced it, and did not realize that folks have written about it.
This has been in the back of my mind and I didn’t know how to explain it. I would very much like to be a “Thousand Miler” on my my trip, that is to say…complete Five Doubles or Double Centuries (back to back days). I really haven’t a clue other than I think it has to do with my idea of fitness, or learning to ride within myself, or understanding “how to be” and probably all of them at once. I haven’t a better explanation for the entire justification, it simply feels like an itch, something I would like to try to do.
The trick that I see is to apply myself hard enough to the task to overcome the obstacles and put myself in a position to do it without becoming so obsessive that for one minute I fail to have as much fun and positive interaction with the people and the land I am traveling through. To not go so fast as to miss what touring is, but fast enough to get it done. I just think the balance will be something to contemplate: a trip inside myself
Wish me luck.