I recently watched Stephen Auerbach's excellent documentary about the Race Across America, called Bicycle Dreams. The RAAM is a crazy continuous 4800 kilometer coast to coast bicycle race from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland.
The man who eventually finished second in 2005, Chris McDonald, says that he starts his days by asking himself if he is going to get worse today or better. We all know what we should be doing today. (If you don't, I recommend start writing morning pages - NOW!) The question is whether we are going to do it or find excuses not to. Chris's question pushes me to do those things. Am I going to do what I know I should, or not? The memory of his question prompts me to stick to what's important to me and to ignore the rest as best I can.
Chris took ten days to complete the RAAM. In the last day or so, he made up massive amounts of time to overtake Fabio Biasiolo for second place. I like to think that he got to that point, remembered his own advice and kept on racing hard despite the fatigue, lack of sleep and million other ailments that participants suffer.