Race Day (Ready as I’ll ever be) Posted by JMC813 on November 5, 2013 Early morning rise A butterfly squadron Comes as no surprise Cold morning drive Nervous anticipation Met upon arrival Old friends and new Opponents for a day Ritualistic repetition Registration line Pinning of the number Fueling the engine Calories to burn Prep the machine Fast as she looks? Only as fast as I Warmed up and ready Ready as I’ll ever be Butterflies insistent Butterflies or moths? Fly in formation Self assurance Inner confidence Real or false Strong and fast These words dominate Internal conversation Roll to the start Alert and ready Ready as I’ll ever be Held steady and firm Countdown finds zero Race of truth begun A solitary combatant Explodes from the line Butterflies vanish With adrenaline surge Focus is pinpoint As strength overcomes Discomfort is a constant But crucial ally Push through extremes Finding rhythm and speed Surroundings go unnoticed All comes from within My adversary is time And it’s rapid elapse My focus is speed It’s consistent delivery Power to chain ring To wheels, to pave Drive hard from inside Push past the pain Out of the saddle Climb like an angel Back into aero descend like a Demon Follow my pursuit As I race against clock For this I am ready Ready as I’ll ever be Suffering unceasing Excruciating companion Drives me harder Pace is increased Forge on, Dig deep Deeper, deepest Reach limits unknown My purpose is clear Indescribable agony Intense exhilaration Finish in sight Courage in tow Standing on pedals Aggression found deep Drive for the line Down into aero Cheating the wind Stealing mere seconds Away from the clock My purpose made clear As I fight past the line All pain washes clean Exuberant relief Surroundings return Filling my awareness Senses heightened Race clock has stopped Yet time starts anew Life’s metaphors abound In triumph over Struggle Adversity Suffering Anguish All defeated By persistence To forge ahead With courage And conviction Power of purpose Brings pride Pride and accomplishment I am the embodiment Reality of these metaphors Am I ready? Ready as I’ll ever be I have overcome AdvertisementRate this:Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related
Thanks for taking me along for that thrilling ride!
Glad you liked it.
I love this! Thank you for pointing it out to me. This is the perfect combination of words to describe the feelings and thoughts and physical preparation and action of race day. I can totally relate. Superb!
Thank you. I am glad it came across the way I intended. I figured you might be able to relate so I had to let you in on it. Keep riding, and Inspiring.
Thank you.I Wanted to combine the two things I do for fun that keep me mostly sane.
Wasn’t sure how it would come across. Glad you enjoyed it.
This is just brilliant, captures the race, the endurance and the mindset perfectly, I love the flow too, it feels like you’re running the race too, excellent piece.
Thank you. I was hoping it came across that way. In writing it and reading it, and having experienced it for real many times (me in the photo) I wasn’t sure I did it justice. glad you enjoyed it.
You did do it justice, don’t underestimate your penmanship. (Nice photo, I didn’t think the pic was of you, you should put a note under it to say so.)
Thanks. A note calling out my photo seems a bit prideful. However anyone reading the comments will know. Oops. lol. Thanks again.
Lol..oh well, now everyone knows 😉✨
Did you start cycling to help fight your demons?
Not directly, I chanced upon cycling as a result of riding to get in shape, but a cousin of mine was/is an elite level cyclist and talked me into trying my first race. Well, like the good addict I am I was hooked on the adrenaline and competition. The rest is history. It is a culture sport as well, so it is not just what I do but a larger part of who I am. And it wasn’t to help fight my demons, but it has had nothing but that exact effect on me. When I raced often it kept my mind off much EXCEPT training and racing when I wasn’t at work. Expect an email from me soon. I got your replies. SO much to say. LOL.
You like to make a woman wait, don’t you? 😉
Email number one is in your box.
And ….. Next? 😉
My iPad is in partnership with my email acct and will not allow me to send any emails. You will receive my replies in the AM. Okay!
No worries. I look forward to getting them.
And now I can sleep. : )
Sleep well my friend
A rollercoaster of emotions! So true of race day. You capture it all beautifully here.
“A solitary combatant
Explodes from the line”
Love those two lines. You are an inspiration!
Thank you Nicole. Train hard, but enjoy the ride. I feel such a connection to anyone who has endured the suffering involved in any kind of endurance sport. Such a metaphor for life. We all share that common bond. I am so glad this piece spoke to you. I had hoped it at least somewhat captured the roller coaster ride that is race day. For both those that have experienced it and those who have watched us experience it. That is me in the photo BTW. (Shameless self plug, and ego pop. LOL). Good luck in the next 26.2 and I hope to see you around my site once in a while, as I am sure to visit both of yours. Be well and Keep Inspiring
I’ll be following along with your writings, John. 🙂 And that is an AWESOME photo! They snapped a good one. I have hated every photo of me running!!! I’m hoping to get a good one some day so I can frame it. It’s the best feeling, being surrounded by people who go through this torture voluntarily. I feel a connection too, with others who enjoy endurance sports. We know that feeling we are addicted to – that one when you’ve reached the finish line – is just too good to give up.
I suffered SO HARD that day. Glad you liked the pic. Eventually you will end up with a good photo during a run. I don’t see you taking a bad one BTW. As I may have said before. Natural adrenaline and endorphins are the best drugs EVER. And I spent a good part of my youth sampling a lot of the other ones on offer, so I might have a worthy opinion!! LOL.
Keep running and inspiring.
lol!!! Thank you, John. 🙂 I’m very nitpicky with photos, especially ones where I have no control over the final product. As you well know we aren’t thinking of posing for the camera when we’re in agony! lol!!
So true. The pursuit of fitness, and a good action photographer continues. LOL. Keep Rawkin Nicole.