|Bikes with motors are rad|
|gorgeous claustrophic single track|
"Regrets collect like old friends, here to relive your darkest moments. I like to keep my issues drawn.
It's always darkest before the dawn. And I've been a fool and I've been blind. I can never leave the past behind. I can see no way, I can see no way. I'm always dragging that horse around. But it's always darkest before the dawn. Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out. And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back. So shake him off." -Florence & The Machine, Shake it Out
Any time I crash, I carry that demon around for the rest of the ride. Always. With 37 miles of tech riding ahead of me, I had to shake this out. I had no choice. Enter the mental game. My skills were no less than they were before I wrecked. My mind was weak. I had to learn right now, at this point, how to shake it out. I will wreck at TSE, there's no doubt about it. But I needed to learn how to successfully, shake it out. It's hard to dance with the devil on your back. He needed to be gone. In a very short time we hit a rock garden, I quickly picked a line and went for it. I didn't clear the whole thing, but I over came the demons and gave it a solid try. I walked to the end of the rock garden and got back on my bike. Ready for the next one, which came before my nervousness subsided. I cleared the next rock garden and the next one. Just like that, my confidence was back and the devil was gone. I was dancing again and it felt great. The rest of the ride was fabulous and the stage that we did that day was easily ranked as what would be my favorite of the whole race. They don't call it the Queen Stage for nothing I suppose.
My legs were trashed at the start of the day. What happened between the start of the ride and the end of the ride was so hard. I ran through a ton of emotions and toughed it through one of the hardest days I've had on a bike.
I shook the devil off, two days in a row.
|I can climb all day...on fire roads|
That weekend we covered 80 gnarly miles and 9500 ft of ascent. It doesn't sound like much, but the TSE stages are no joke.
Still at this point I have no idea how I'm going to finish the Transylvania Epic on my single speed. I DO know that it's going to be a requirement for me to learn how to shake the devil off my back so I can dance my way to the finish line each day.