Monday, May 24, 2010

Based on Montessorian Fundamentals, the Cheq 100 was a HUGE SUCESS...I wept when I finally realized the concept!!!

It took me awhile, my head had to clear, but now I get it...The Chequamegon 100 was based on Montessorian Doctrine...A stroke of pure genius!!!!

The greatest sign of success for a race director... is to be able to say, "The racers are now working as if I did not exist."” Dr. Montessori

Never help a bike racer with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Dr. Montessori

If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the cyclist, for the cyclists are the makers of races.” Dr. Montessori

“We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a cyclist's spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of the early racing season should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. A long race through single-track cannot be effective unless it helps a racer to open up himself to life.” Dr. Montessori

"We cannot create observers by saying "observe," but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses. Give your racers incomplete maps and let the magic unfold...” Dr. Montessori

“And so we discovered that long distance mountain bike racing is not something which the race director does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the racers themselves.” Dr. Montessori

"The race organizer must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. In the Montessori system of bike racing, she/he must become a passive, much more than an active, influence, and her passivity shall be composed of anxious scientific curiosity and of absolute respect for the phenomenon which she wishes to observe, which may include confusion, even anarchy. The race organizer must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon of the unknown.” Dr. Montessori

Two especially relevant and applicable Montessorian Concepts....
Inner guidance of nature. All racers have inherent inner directives from nature that guide their true normal development. Free your racers from the bounds of strict adherence to course directives...
Freedom for self-directed course making. The Montessori method respects individual liberty of racers to choose their own activities and their own paths. This freedom allows racers to follow their inner guidance for self-directed racing...

A full race report to follow soon...But I totally get it NOW!!! And it was a big-time challenge...and lotz of great comradeship!!! Seriously, I had a fine time for over nine hours on great single track with top notch like-minded folks...Then I was a little "shaky" for the next three (due to thirst), then I had another great time on the way home with my good buddy, Jeremy Kershaw!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Skogen and the Almanzo...Five Stars, highly recommended!

The Almanzo did not disappoint. Chris Skogen’s effort sets a high standard. Regarding the race per se, most speculators in the know, figured that it was the Eppen’s race to lose with former two-time Champ, Jesse Rients, in the hunt followed by the strong contingency from Iowa (including Jim Cochran), and Joe Meiser of Trans-Iowa and GDR fame. The end result therefore was predictable with the only surprise being that Jesse ran out of gas fairly early in the event. Cochran got second and Joe M was 4th...Something like the top 15 all rode the 100 miles in less than six hours. The tandem did it in ~5:15!!! The author rode it in 5:36 (which is the fastest ever for the aged one)

The pace was fast from the get-go with lots of surges and yet the pack was jovial and good natured. Apparently there was a big crash not far from the start, but I was not privy to it. One fun moment included Ms. Eppen taking pics of the group’s antics from the back of the tandem.

There was a big group of us, maybe 20 or 30 or even more riding fast, but not furious, with mostly the tandem leading out in impressive manner...The big break happened probably between 35 to 40 miles into it...Amazingly it happened on a long easy descent with the Tandem flying away with only two or three guyz able to hang on to their wheel, whilst the rest of us could not hold the pace. Soon thereafter, the second round of cuts came on a hard climb where three or four guyz rode away, including Meiser, Troy Krause and Corey Godfrey; gapping the rest of us and giving what appeared from the back-row, a concerted and coordinated effort to regain the leaders. It is noteworthy to comment on the very stylish kits modeled by the very cool guyz from Nebraska, namely Krause and Godfrey. I did see it happening and yet got caught in the back row too far to attempt to stay with the workhorse Mesier as was my plan. Once up and over the climb, I ceremoniously tried to give a solo chase, but could not do it, so I fell back and tried to recover a bit in hopes of rescue from a fast and motivated chase group that I could see was close behind....Eventually I did become part of a second chase group of about six or seven...This group, including the most amicable, Michael Dietzman, came into the sixty mile checkpoint about nine minutes behind the first chase group and a good fifteen minutes behind the leaders.

Leaving the checkpoint, three of us tried to gap the rest of the group and we did so, but the one guy, a real nice young fellow just back from Cambridge (UK), on a black Masi, was too strong on the hills, so we cut him loose bidding him, “Godspeed!”

Then the terrain flattened out and I started to revive a I took off trying to catch him....I was on his tail heading across the river crossing and then he was gone? Later I found out that he took a wrong turn...So it goes...Anyway I finished strong and lucked into a tenth place finish, as several faster guyz had some bad luck. Kudos to Krause for a great effort. I am sure that Corey would have been up there as well, but he suffered a flat. ...In sum: tandem was very fast, impressively fast, scary fast—especially on the descents. Great race put on by a great proponent of grass roots racing. Highly highly recommended!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The ALMANZO 100...Perfecto Amundo Magnifico!!!

hu•man•i•tar•i•an...[hyoo-man-i-tair-ee-uh n or, often, yoo-]
1. having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of cyclists.
2. of or pertaining to ethical or theological humanitarianism.
3. pertaining to the saving of human lives from US Cycling or the alleviation of suffering regarding paying outrageous entry fees, a humanitarian crisis.
–noun 4. a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare, social reforms, and/or bike races for free, as a philanthropist.
5. a person who professes ethical or cycling humanitarianism.

having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish.

Combine the terms and use in a sentence: The Almanzo 100 demonstrates beyond any doubt that Chris Skogen is a selfless humanitarian in the mold of Albert Schweitzer. If they gave the Nobel Prize to bike race directors, Skogen would be a shoe-in.

The Almanzo 100 did not disappoint!!! Perfect weather, great course, spot-on cue cards, lotz of fun-loving racers, generous prizes...The full measure of all that is great about these local grass-roots events...

A fully embellished race report to follow in a few dayz. So suffice to say...The Eppen Tandem was not unlike Shanghai's flashy new Maglev, the fastest train in the world, in that when they both come by you, itz like you are standing still...and the earth shakes and you get kinda scared...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Almanzo 100....So Sweet

Heading down to the prairies for the Almanzo 100...400 strong...should be quite the EVENT!!! Bravo Mr. Skogen!!!!!!!!!!!

PS Sorry to anyone that has tried to post a recent comment...I think (with the help of a few teenagers) that I have figured out the problem and solved it...

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Trying to get the new posts to accept comments from my dear readership? I cannot get the blog to allow me to accept any comments? Help me............

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Finally...The end.

Letz kill this thing!!! I need to start focusing on this weekend’s Almanzo 100!
Parts VII & VIII Thinking Independently and Applying past knowledge to new experience...

To recap and summarize what have been covered so far: These two egg-headed PHDs did a study in an effort to determine the kinds of habits highly successful people tend to adopt. They came up with sixteen such habits. We are applying eight of them within the context of endurance cycling with an eye on the upcoming Trans-Wisconsin. These eight habits are as follows: 1. Perseverance— which means that these successful guyz, the ones that win often, have time on their side. They can “wait you out,” cuz they know that they can go the distance, they also know that you may not know if you can go the distance, so they have a significant advantage over you...2. Managing impulsivity— which means that these guyz keep their eyes on the ball, they focus on the end game. They don’t get on the plane and exclaim, “Who do I bomb?” 3. Thinking flexibly means that successful people see both the trees and the forest. 4. Carpe Diem! Life is a well crafted Coffee Stout, so drink it up and savor it! We are living in the Golden Age of “affordable, grassroots” long distance endurance racing. 5. Meta-cognate dude! This habit pertains to the fact that successful folks do a lot of thinking about thinking. 6. Don’t sit back...Take a risk. Sitting back and hoping things play out fer ya aint no way to be a success...There exists a direct relationship to calculated risk taking and success. 7. Don’t worry, be happy..Don’t sweat the small stuff and itz all small stuff, so rejoice and laugh at the absurdity of it all.
Now for our last two habits...Thinking independently and transferring what ya know to new, but related experiences...

Thinking interdependently involves inclusion and consensus. The idea being that two smart guyz getting together can produce even better results when working together. Makes sense to me. This notion that cycling long distances is made easier and faster if several guyz are working together is a basic one. Yet, to put into action there are often problems that arise such as varying abilities amongst the group riders, etc. But even if there are problems, riding together is the key, unless you are way better than the rest of the field. There is truly strength in numbers in cycling. The trick is to ride with cyclists that are at or a little above your talent.
They call it “transfer” in education speak, and the idea is simple enough.

Intelligent people tend to accumulate interesting and challenging experiences, file them away, and then retrieve appropriate ones to use when confronted with similar, but novel experiences. When confronted with a new and perplexing problem they will often draw forth experience from the past. They can also use the experience of others to add to their repertoire of experiential tools...Again I resist the urge to use myself as an example as I am far from being apart of C&K’s group, but I do often apply what I learned “in the mountains” to this new craft of endurance cycling. So it goes...

Now for the last recap of this long benign diatribe on Costa & Kallich’s Describing 16 Habits of Mind (see if you wish to read on and explore further their work):
• Perseverance...Think Winston Churchill
• Managing Impulsivity... Opposite of G.W.B.’s approach to foreign policy
• Thinking Flexibly...See forest, but lube chain
• Responding with Wonderment and Awe...Life on a bike is SWEET
• Metacognition...Think about thinking
• Taking Responsible Risks...Itz a sin to bury a body w/o scars
• Finding Humor... “My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.” Woody Allen
• Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations & Thinking interdependently...Draft off the younger, stronger ones and transfer old knowledge to new situations...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Habits of Highly Successful People, fear NOT, the author is NOT included...

As the poet said, “Only God can make a tree' -- probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on. Death doesn't really worry me that much, I'm not frightened about it... I just don't want to be there when it happens.”
Woody Allen

Part VI: Finding Humor...The whole thing is absurd! But so is our very existence...What are the chances that we are here right now. Think of the infinite number of coincidences that had to play out for us to be at this very point-in-time!!! If you can’t laugh during a race, you need to get out of the sport.

Part VII on the way....

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Risking it ALL in the Trans-Wisconsin!!!

To recap before moving on to Part V:
Habit #1: Perseverance=Always and continuously fight the good fight, don’t ever quit, never allow a DNF to follow your name. Stop only if itz obviously a failure (this should happen only once or maybe twice in your lifetime)... Yet, Itz okay to live to fight another day. To persevere implies use of time to win the game...think “war of attrition.”

Habit #2: Managing impulsivity=Mitigate spontaneity, visualize success, and come with a plan (with options) to achieve the end goal. Resist the urge to act without taking “time” to consider alternatives. Concede to the dark times but only with the knowledge that these moments of doubt shall pass...Wait for the healing sun to shine before making any major changes to your plan.

Habit #3: Thinking flexibly=Rewire or “reboot” often, keeping an eye on the ultimate prize, but don’t forget to re-lube your chain every few hours, take in 20 fluid ounces of water and 280 calories every hour... The strategy may need to change if the unexpected occurs, tactics may need to be altered from time to time, but the goal of splashing Lake Superior’s frigid water upon to ones tired feet by Monday evening, June 21st does NOT!
Habit #4: Embrace the magic of it all!!! “The most beautiful experience in the world is the experience of the mysterious,” exclaimed Einstein. Live for today, for NOW is our moment to shine!!! Sign up for one or more of the following (or find one in a neighborhood near you): Alaskan Iditarod trail Invitational, Almanzo 100, Arrowhead 135, Barry Roubaix, Dirty Kanza, Great Divide Race, Heck of the North, GT Death Ride Invitational, Kiwi Brevet, Ragnarok 105, Salsa’s 24 hours @ Afton, 24 hours @ Seven Oaks, 24 hours @ Nine Mile (sans Granny Gear Productions), Trans-Iowa, Tuscobia, Cheq 100, Dirty Benjamin, Sandwich 50 Enduro, Gravel World Championship (in Lincoln, Nebraska)...And of course THE TRANS WISCONSIN....

Parts V & VI • Metacognition & • Taking Responsible Risks
When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.” Plato
Metacognition is just a fancy pants word that describes the conscious process by which ya think about the way ya think...itz thinking about thinking. Itz a good habit to take on because it forces one to consider “what in the hell was I thinking when I made that stupid decision?” This habit of thinking about the "why and how" of one’s thinking fits nicely with another habit of the successful; namely—Taking responsible risks. How do we know what we don’t know...we take risks. This whole fear thing is a big lie. People are at their best when they extend beyond their safety zone. Intelligent, successful people are continually pushing the envelope. Successful people are NOT fearful people. The whole safety thing here in America is a marketing ruse, a trap set by opportunists, a lead-in to unthinking materialism and consumerism. Sucessful people live on the edge of their competence. Going beyond, taking a calculated risk...Failure is often the case...thatz where the metacognition comes in...Success is risky!

Still to come...Parts VII, VIII, IX!!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Part IV....I can do this!!!!

Part IV: Living in Wonder & Awe...Successful people take advantage of their time here on earth, they live for the moment, and go for the gusto!!! It is easy to transfer this habit to endurance cycling.

Right NOW, WE are living in what I honestly believe is the Golden Age of Endurance Cycling. The opportunities available to anyone with a little grit are wondrous and awe-inspiring! Thanks to visionaries, a movement is in full swing that is affording incredible challenges... available to all of us. Just in our local areas here in the Midwest, we have maestros like Gutiar Ted and his grueling 300+ mile Trans-Iowa masterpiece and Pierre and Cheryl Ostor’s with their frigidly challenging Arrowhead 135. And now, following the lead, we have another whole set of young upstarts in Tim Roe’s Tuscobia, Chris Skogen’s Almanzo 100, Jeremy’s Kershaw’s Heck of the North , The Red Wing Boyz and their Ragnorak 105, and the list goes on and on to include new great races for this season, like the Chequemagon 100 and the 550 Mile Trans-Wisconsin.....What I am trying to say is that ITZ is Wonderful and Awesome...and that races that are just in my back yard...The events available to us right now across the country and the world simply represents a Golden Age...Let me not forget WEMS and the Seven Oaks 24 hour event....and the list go on...I am weeping as I type...Tears of JOY!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I can't stop now...I'm in too deep...I must PERSEVERE...Part III of IX

Part III—Thinking Flexibly

"Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good...” Malcolm Gladwell’s right of course with this observation, but itz no novel idea! In Gladwell’s book, The Outliers, where he offers lots of compelling examples of guyz that practice, practice, practice, practice, he comes to the conclusion that guyz that practice a really lot tend to enjoy success at the thing being practiced. That practice comes first, and then comes mastery; furthermore practicing a lot leads to a high degree of likelihood for success. In this essay, I am attempting to apply aspects C&K’s research on the kinds of habits highly successful people tend to take on and to then make the leap to applying these concepts to endurance cycling events like the upcoming Trans-Wisconsin Race...

Of course the whole idea of success begs the question: Are some people successful because they, early on, adopt these efficacious habits? Or is it the case that once in the game, people that internalize these habits become successful, after doing so. Essentially, one can ask the legitimate question—What comes first, the “good” habit which leads to success or success which leads successful people to have the time and the wherewithal to reflect upon the attributes they possessed to allow them to enjoy success? The fact of the matter, for us dear reader, is that anyone at anytime can adopt a habit (good or bad). The message being that, “Ari, I was wrong all along, you can teach an old dog new tricks!”

Part III: Thinking flexibly. In any event, for our purpose, the next habit that successful people tend to take on is thinking flexibly. To think requires a concerted cognizant effort....much of what we do in our daily lives involves robotic or automatic maneuvers. WE are hardwired to streamline all of our efforts and this includes the simplification of thinking in the on-going and evolutionary quest for efficiencies or energy conservation. Yet, successful people spend an inordinate amount of time consciously making the effort to think, evaluate, assess, and re-evaluate their environments and their roles within these arenas.

The adoption of this habit of flexible thinking is important in successfully completing long endurance cycling events, like the Trans-Wisconsin or the like. “Flexible people are the ones with most control,” states C&K. A personal sense of control is a key factor in pulling off a long race. I have been in races where I felt like I was completely at the will of other racers; such a mindset is less than optimal and invites a sense of desperation over the long-haul. Flexible thinkers can take a bit of group confusion and/or ambiguity as long as they feel an outcome is imminent and that the others are all committed to the goal. Yet, these are also people that have genuine confidence in their own intuitive abilities and thus when gridlock seems the likely outcome within a group dynamic they will go it alone if their “gut” tells them to do so. This very scenario played out at Checkpoint 2 in April’s Trans-Iowa, where essentially the group's dynamic force simply trumped the individuals’ intuition. Due to factors (and parameters) beyond our control, our little group of four essentially grounded to halt because the situation had become so ambiguous that we were unable to decide on a “group” course-of-action, gridlock ensued when the goal became confused. Even the venerable Meiser and his trusty companion, Gorilla, seemed at best, unsure of how to proceed (they ultimately did the right thing, the successful thing, and moved...onward!). In stark contrast to the confusion rampant among the first groups into Checkpoint 2, Team Petervary never hesitated. To them the goal was never in question or in doubt. Sheepishly, I asked him, “what are you guyz going to do?” He replied nonchalantly, “We are good to go, we have the gear, we are just going to get something warm to eat, and then we are riding.” Such is the power of perseverance, the power of managing impulsivity, and the power of coming prepared both physically and mentally with options covered.

Successful people understand (and acknowledge the pros and potential pitfalls) the power of groupthink. Furthermore, according to their research, successful individuals do not overlook the big picture, C&K use the term, “macro-centric” to describe this point. Macro-centric thinking can be thought of as having a birds-eye view of the task at hand or having a kind of conceptual visualization of the overall challenge. But these successful guyz not only see the prairie, forest, and finally Lake Superior in a holistic idealized fashion, they also pay close “attention to details and orderly progression...” (micro-centric) as they move along the often bumpy trail. This means that the successful ones are constantly shifting “perceptual positions” so as to keep an eye on both the prize and the immediate situation.

To recap: Habit #1: Perseverance=Always fighting the good fight, don’t bail unless itz obviously a failure, live to fight another day. To persevere implies use of time to win the game...think “war of attrition”; Habit #2: Managing impulsivity=Mitigate spontaneity, visual success, and come with a plan (with options) to achieve the end goal. Habit #3: Thinking flexibly=Rewire or “reboot” often, keeping an eye on the ultimate prize, but don’t forget to re-lube your chain every few hours, take in 20 fluid ounces of water and 280 calories every hour... The strategy may need to change if the unexpected occurs, the tactics may need to altered from time to time, but the goal of splashing Lake Superior’s frigid water upon ones tired feet by Monday evening, June 21st does NOT!

Get fired up for Part IV Responding with Wonderment and Awe...I am working on it, but I am "awed" by the fact that we have snow on the way!!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Trans-Wisconsin, Costa & Kallich, and me...

Part II: Habit #2 Managing Impulsivity...

As you may recall the aim of this work is to apply Costa and Kallich’s (C&K) research on determinate habits displayed by successful individuals (across the spectrum of the US citizenry) to the preparation and completion of the upcoming 550 mile Trans-Wisconsin cross-country cycling race (TWR). The propensity to persevere through adversity is the number one character trait or “habit” of highly successful people. As stated above in Part I, the application of this habit to the TWR involves a concerted and planned-out effort to manage time in an efficacious manner. For example if a rider can average ten miles per hour the race will take him/her fifty-five hours. Of course, this simple calculation assumes unrealistically that the rider can go continually for over two dayz, but it does provide a starting point. The idea being that in order for one to persevere in such a long endeavor, one must have target guideposts to aim for so as to manage the time.

The second habit to be discussed is managing impulsivity. Effective, successful people understand the value in visualizing success and then working backwards to achieve the end goal. Impulsivity is defined using adjectives such as “inclined to act on sudden urges” and “spontaneous.” Those who adopt a habit of managing impulsivity acknowledge that it is only human to be instinctively spontaneous (think flight or fight response), but successful people attempt to manage or at least rein-in impulsivity. In an event such as the TWR, the urge to either play it too safe or in contrast to go too hard, too soon, is great. Therefore, a way to manage the pitfalls of spontaneity in the TWR is to come prepared with a comprehensive plan-of-action, that includes alternative options should the weather become a factor. Questions such as: What would be the consequence or impact on the goal if it rains during the race? Or, what options will be available should I bend a wheel?

To recap: Habit #1: Perseverance=Time management and never quit, unless itz hopeless; Habit #2: Managing impulsivity= Acknowledge, then mitigate spontaneity, visualize success, and come with a plan (with options) to achieve the end goal.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Trans Wisconsin, Costa & Kallich, and my History Class...

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
The Habits of Successful Minds as identified by Costa and Kallick include:
• Perseverance
Managing Impulsivity
Thinking Flexibly
Responding with Wonderment and Awe
Taking Responsible Risks
Finding Humor
Thinking Interdependently
Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations

As part of a course that I teach, we attempt to explore instances in history whereby certain individuals (or small groups) do the right thing (or at least history looks favorably upon their actions). A case-in-point involves an analysis of the character traits of the architects and purveyors of the post WWII Marshall Plan. The idea is to explore the question of how do successful people react when confronted with a challenging problem(s). In conducting thousands of interviews and surveys designed to ascertain the kinds of characteristics (or HABITS) that successful people possess, Costa and Kallich have made academic careers out of attempting to answer the above question…

Below is Part I of an effort to apply some of Costa & Kallich’s (C&K) work to aspects of our beloved sport of endurance cycling. This essay, in part, represents an effort by the author to demonstrate to his students that the lessons of history can be applied to the art of living ones own life.

C&K contend that successful people take on or adopt habits that are remarkably similar across professions, institutions, trades, and sports. It is noteworthy that the authors use the term, “habits” so as to promote the heartening notion that these “studied” successful people are not necessarily beholden to their success because of superior genetics and/or even God-given inherent talents; instead success has come to these people as a direct result of concerted efforts on their part to adopt a measure of productive and positive “habits.” Essentially, the fact that anyone can take on a habit, is the overriding conclusion they are trying to promote in the application of their research. C&K maintain that there are sixteen over-arching traits that successful people embrace across this pluralistic society of ours. I have limited this particular work to a review of nine of these “Habits” to which I contend are especially applicable to preparing for and successfully completing the upcoming Trans-Wisconsin (or the like)...

Part I—
Habit #1: Perseverance.
In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance,” was the conclusion drawn by Goethe, and he was right! C&K’s work establishes that the number one character trait of highly successful people is their propensity for “stick-to-it-tiveness.” It should come as no surprise that successful people don’t give up easily, they always fight the good fight and yet they also live to fight another day. Furthermore, when it becomes obvious that they are no longer engaged in a good fight or a “winnable” one, they take concerted measures to change the game with an eye on surviving to begin anew when the smoke clears. George Lowe, back in the 1970s and 80s was one of the best American alpinists, known for amazing ascents up previously unclimbed sheer faces, and yet he used to always brag about the fact that he failed on many of the climbs that he attempted. When asked to clarify, he would inevitably cite the little maxim, “there are lots of bold climbers out there and lots of old climbers out there, but there are very few bold, old climbers...” The point he was making resonates with successful people. The point being that while such people do not give up easily, at the same time they recognize when a plan must be dumped and another employed. Of course, one might ask, how does one know when to abandon ship? How does one determine whether the game is lost or just passing through a tough time? C&K asked these kinds of questions to a diverse cross-section of those of whom their counterparts described as “successful leaders” and they all were in agreement that they are persisting well beyond the norm and yet they are also not averse to dealing with “ambiguous situations.” They are not ever married to a specific strategy for success, to them success is key, while the pathway to success is negotiable. So instead of giving up on the goal when a particular plan seems hopeless, they instead come prepared with a repertoire of problem-solving alternatives.

So then how do we, as endurance cyclists, adopt this trait or habit into our arsenal for victory in the Trans-Wisconsin or a similar challenge? The notion of Perseverance is at its core a matter of time management as it connotes the passage of time. To persevere is to “persist steadily in an action or belief, usually over a long period and especially despite problems or difficulties,” so the application to endurance cycling is obvious. Therefore to adopt this habit of perseverance within the context of a long off-road race is to consider carefully the goal and to then develop a strategy to attack the potential problems that one may face as he or she pursues the goal. Specific to the Trans-Wisconsin; the ultimate goal is to finish the 550 mile race. It would be nice if the author could vie for a top finish and the planning will reflect this wish. Yet the goal per se is the do the route from start to finish. To persevere is the manage the time and thus to my way of thinking, will ultimately be the number one key to success...Embrace Habit #1 and therefore arrive to the farm country that is the southern border of Wisconsin with a range of alternative strategies by which to persevere until one feels the cold waters of Lake Superior upon ones face!!!

Look forward to Habit #2 in due time...
Habit #2 is Managing Impulsivity

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Moving on...and thinking BIG!!!

The 550 mile Trans-Wisconsin starts on June 18th and I plan to be in the thick of it...I need to be back in Duluth by Monday night, June do the aint gonna be no tour for me...I am thinking deal w/the Devil!!! You can still sign up...