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You Never Know What You’re Capable Of…

October 2012

You never know what you’re capable of until you cut the crap and get down to doing it.

Three days ago I thought I was tired out. Pretty much done for the season. It seemed like every ride got progressively slower, harder. After an epic bonk on what should have been a 108 mile ride, the last ten miles of which I only managed 12 miles per hour, I thought it was time to lighten up till spring. Two weeks ago I’d managed 18 mph over 125 miles, so the notion made sense.

Then Monday afternoon, I ripped into myself a wee bit after deciding to take it easy on my early evening ride. Sorry, but that committee met behind closed doors, and the transcript isn’t fit to print. I made it about a tenth of a mile before I was all over the pedals.  I ended up about 2-1/2 miles per hour faster than I had planned on, and that was with a couple of minutes wasted in traffic stops. Yesterday evening I let the committee have it again, both barrels – and was three tenths faster than Monday.

Three days ago my season was all but done in my mind. Today I’m clawing my way back to mid-season form 16 miles at a time.

Now could I have sat back and coasted through October before setting up the trainer in my office?  Of course.  In terms of gains, this season was epic for me.  I’ve beaten every time goal I set for myself, every speed goal and every mileage goal.  If I let myself, I deserve to be tired.  Folks, that’s how I used to roll but not any more.  I used to let off the gas and eventually that would lead to more time off than I’d intended…  Sometimes weeks at a time, so I decided to dig a little deeper and push just a little harder, and as it turns out, I had it in me all along, I just had to use a bigger shovel.

That’s Big Daddy Jim’s self evident truth #14:  When it’s time to dig deep, use a bigger shovel.


  1. elisariva says:

    Very good points. One question, do you sleep? This came over before 6:00 and it had to take some time to write!

  2. beechcreekproject says:

    My mind constantly messes with me as I struggle at times on whether I’m pushing my body too hard or should I take a few days off to bounce back. I never put in the kind of miles that you do but I do work a construction job that sometimes leaves me pretty tired at the end of the day. On those days it’s a chore convincing myself to get out the door and hit the road for a ride. I have to say that I’ve never been disappointed once I got out and started riding. Well except recently when I had two flats before I got 5 miles into the ride. Two new tires later and that shouldn’t be a problem again for a while. I agree though.. break out the bigger shovel. 🙂

    • bgddyjim says:

      Two flats in one ride never counts… You’re allowed to be bummed, it’s just not fair, it’s not – but those other rides (or runs), when you battle your melon through the whole thing, those are the most satisfying to me. I love kicking my butt into getting out when I’d rather stay home.

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