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Being goal driven alters the experience, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Seeking a destination can get in the way of the journey. It's a delicate balance.
For those of us in the inner circle of ultra endurance sports, Adam reminds why we do what we do - at least the lucky ones. If his words don't ring true it's time for some introspection.
I am happy that I can go out and "suffer" through a day of bike racing. That I can experience the gritty wind in my face, or the dull ache of numbing feet. A 24 Hour solo is hard, don't get me wrong. There is physical and mental pain, but it isn't suffering. It's experience. And that is why I think I do it.
Thanks for the inspiration Adam.