Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Reasons

What is important for the professional athlete? What counts? How does one measure achievements? If your name is Lance Armstrong, that question might be easy to answer, too easy maybe. But what if you are the 35 year old domestique, with no top international victories to show for. Then what?

What if your legs are too old and too tired to win the GC in the Tour. And what if the explosiveness of your muscles have somehow disappeared. The power that used to be there, simply vanished. The media and the sponsors are now chasing the number 1 guy. He gets all the honor and glory. You know you can never measure up to the palmares of the top riders. Why do you keep going?

When the game is over, is it possible to measure your achievements and success on your own scale? Or do you have to compare your results to the top riders of the day? Can you say to yourself; "I did well, I am happy with my career", when everyone is measured on results from the classics or grand tours?

You keep going because you know, deep down inside, that when you have that perfect ride, the ride where everything works, nobody can beat you. Nobody. You may have to wait until next season, or maybe even the season after that, before you will experience this ride again. Because of this, you keep going.

5 Comments:

Blogger Patrick said...

Mags, not entirely on subject here, but a bunch of folks on my team (I live in St. Louis, MO USA) did a ride today, during which we bumped in to the Masters World Champion TT rider from Norway...no one could understand his name when he said it, but his bike was a rental from our team's shop, so we will look it up...I thought I'd mention it in the event that he's your neighbor/best friend/mentor, as it would truly be a small world. He said he was 51 years old, I believe.

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Blogger Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

Mags,

Great post.

As "an older rider" at 35 now, I measure my riding successes by how I feel I rode for me. Sure, getting to beat faster guys is a great reward too, but I know I won't be winning the Elite National Sprint title... but maybe the Masters title some day instead. Still, if I don't get that elusive big win, I get to ride my bike and have a job in the bike industry that many folks who are bike geeks like me would kill to have. I ride nearly every day at lunch and remind myself what it was like when I didn't get to do that.

Good luck with the training.

Tim

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Blogger mags said...

Patrick,

Yes, you just met Kåre Christoffersen, from Norway. He won the Masters TT in both 2004 and 2005. I think he is around 55 years old or so, but I may be wrong. Mentor? no, but I know of him.
Thanks for the kind words, Tim. You are right, the joy of training and the joy of racing, regardless of outcome is probably at the heart of every rider. Pro or not. And yes, you are blessed with your job. :)

Mags

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just noticed your message about Kaare Christoffersen, my finance. Yes he is from Norway and now 7 time World champion Time Trialist. He is 60 years old now and still improving his time.
Currently I live in St louis mo and he will be visiting me again next week. For the last time that is because I will be moving to Norway to stay. Kaare rides for CKSor in Kristiansand, Norway.
cecile

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