Dave Harris commented today on the mind game that is Endurance racing. He points out that blogs have had an effect on how a racer prepares for these events. He is right. I think other rider’s blogs effect both our physical and mental preparation for a race. I read up on what certain people are doing, and I can get a picture of where they are at with thier fitness. In turn I can get an idea of where I am compared to the level they are at. It would be an interesting study to look at race results compared to what people post on thier blog before a race.
Blogs are an interesting part of our culture. There is no denying the effect they can have. Remember election season 2004? Blogs played a huge part in the campaigning of both Presedential candidates. In fact, I think both candidates had blogs of thier own. The cycling blogosphere is growing rapidly. Especially it seems, in the endurance world. I guess that all day, lung suffering, leg draining, soul searching rides are something people like sharing stories about. When I think about it, there is not one epic ride or race that I have done that did not give birth to a good story.
In the coming posts I would like to share some of those stories. I guess you could call this the first Epic Riding series. Perhaps I have been overly influenced by this guy and the multiple series that he has been posting.
Now the questions is….where to begin.