The following is an excerpt from an upcoming book on technology, distraction, and why training simply is the most effective way to improve your cycling. To get updates and follow the progress of the book please sign up for our newsletter.
We are always getting ready to live, but never really living – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The sun is popping over the horizon of the Pacific Ocean as I climb on glassy pavement. The ambient warmth of Maui blends with the cool morning air to form an electric time of day to ride a bike.
Ten months earlier, I received a live-donor liver transplant. While the last few months have signaled a positive transition in my health, my mind still oscillates between memories of illness and fears of an uncertain future.
I’m not in any race winning fitness, but I’m riding well enough to enjoy every inch of tarmac. No power PR’s, no KOM’s, just the rhythm of a steady cadence and the clarity that only a bicycle can provide.
The morning lethargy of tourists has left this scenic route empty. As I cling to the coastline, each switchback exposes the Pacific Ocean to an audience of one. I’m in attendance at a private concert, immersed in each note.
I brought my bike to Maui for the 10,000 foot climb up Haleakala. I checked that segment off my bucket list a few days ago, but this ride caught me by surprise. Haleakala felt like a cycling obligation. This West Maui loop has me feeling reborn.
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Data Driven Athlete