My friends have started to joke about my apparent superpower - the ability to disable technology just by my mere presence. I happen to consider myself quite tech-savvy (as long as I don't have to fix anything), but my confidence is shaken and I have developed a shocking love-hate relationship with Zwift.
Training for big races means a big shift in priorities. Luckily, lots of our friends are cycling fanatics like us, so it almost feels normal now. However, it can also be tough to juggle the to-do list of everyday life when you are putting your body through so much physical effort. It is important for us to remind ourselves from time to time that we are not pro athletes and both have full-time jobs as well as other competing priorities and stressors. And therefore, we need to cut ourselves some slack when things pile up and the to-do list feels never ending.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
Henry David Thoreau
We have now both registered for the insane challenge of 1000kms in the Bikingman Oman ultracycling event. Solo bikepacking, unsupported and with 9000m of climbing thrown in just for fun, this will be a huge challenge. John and I are busy scoping out our new bikes and gear, as it is a road and gravel race that will require a different setup from our usual road and mountain bikes.