To be a cyclist is to be a student of pain…. at cycling’s core lies pain, hard and bitter as the pit inside a juicy peach. It doesn’t matter if you’re sprinting for an Olympic medal, a town sign, a trailhead, or the rest stop with the homemade brownies. If you never confront pain, you’re missing the essence of the sport. Without pain, there’s no adversity. Without adversity, no challenge. Without challenge, no improvement. No improvement, no sense of accomplishment and no deep-down joy. Might as well be playing Tiddly-Winks.
And that is why I just spent 2 hours doing Hulu* sprints on rollers.
*Hulu Sprints: ride an easy pace through the actual show and shift into highest gear on the bike and put the hammer down during the ads. Keep tempo high and push through the pain until the ads end. Don’t down shift.