My last entry talked about time and how quickly it passes us by. Today, I’m looking forward to next week, when at this exact time I should be getting in bed to get enough rest before my biggest cycling event of the year.
At this point, there’s not much more that can be done in terms of fitness improvement. Besides a few easy rides to get the blood flowing, my main focus will be on stretching and foam rolling to get my muscles ready for a tough 100 miles on the bike.
GFNY NYC Championship is the highlight of my year, in terms of cycling. I spend the whole year riding to prepare for the next edition, an event in which I challenge myself and I get to feel like a professional cyclist for a few hours. I don’t remember how I heard about GFNY NYC Championship or what made me want to do such an event, especially considering that I had just been cycling for a year and I hadn’t done more than 500 miles before I lined up at the start line last year. Challenges are always exciting for me, to prove to myself what I’m capable of achieving and pushing my own limits.
Cycling has been a positive influence in my life. It has provided me with the opportunity to ride through some incredible roads, meet great people and improve my fitness. It has provided me with an escape when things have gotten tough, a vehicle that can help me free my mind and view things from a different perspective. It has also given me with the opportunity to work with an incredible company and a great group of people that have helped me get better and understand the science behind cycling nutrition.
When I was on the phone with Ted Munson, performance nutritionist from Science In Sport, he asked what was next after GFNY…and CRCA is what’s on the table for next year! I want to get better. I want to get faster. I want to compete against other people and see what I’m capable of. I want to feel the adrenaline rush of lining up with other riders at the start line and try to beat every single one of them, to compete for something.
If it all goes according to plan, I will graduate from The City College of New York in December. I am hopeful that I will find a full-time job in the Public Relations field upon graduation and have a somewhat normal schedule, something that I haven’t had in the past 4 years. The reason I’m saying this is because I’m striving for more than just participating in GFNY NYC Championship every year. I want to continue to push myself and have something to look forward to every few weeks.
After all, I’m a very competitive person. Getting the chance to be competitive only once a year isn’t doing it for me anymore!
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