I’ve logged a lot of hours (for me) on my bike this weekend. With Coach Nicole’s help, I’ve rearranged my training block to accommodate a week of vacation. This means I’m “overloading” between Saturday and Thursday night when I get on the plane. This also means I have a lot of time to think about cycling while spinning my way through parts of my city I’ve never seen before.
Much of Coach Nicole’s advice comes with “please trust me, this will make you faster!” I know that there are a lot of athletes whose primary goal is to go faster. They race against other athletes, striving to be the first across the finish line. That is so not me and never has been, both because of ability and drive. Even more athletes race against the clock, on a quest to set a new personal record when they do an event. I’m not sure that’s my thing either, though I may get there.
So I thought about why I want to go faster. It comes down to this: I want to go faster so that I can ride far and still get back to my team’s tent in time for the celebration. And why do I want to ride far (100 miles)? At long last, my well-hidden competitive streak kicked in.
What do I ride to beat? I ride to beat diabetes. I know riding my bike is no cure, but it makes diabetes much more manageable. And as I implement the training, I’m getting things to work! I’ve done three long rides in the last five days and I felt like I got the blood sugar and fuel right on all three of them! I had only one easily treated low during one of the rides and I know exactly why. That’s not saying that the wind won’t shift and knock everything out of whack again, but I feel stronger and better able to sort out the chaos of diabetes because of everything I do and learn on my bike.
You may never see me striving for the podium, but every time I get in the saddle, I win. And that is why I am an athlete.