Bike racers speak admiringly of the ability to suffer.  It’s not always an innate thing.  Some are born with it, some develop it, and some unfortunately forget it.  More than once I’ve heard a racer’s career described as taking an upswing “once he learned how to suffer.”

I’m convinced of two things.  

1.  I have become soft.  Thirty-hour bus trips in developing countries, hostel stays, places where the food is guaranteed to make you sick: these are no longer appealing elements for me to include in my life.  I think I’ve begun trying to compensate through the way I approach cycling; every time I start a ride in sleet or pissing rain I feel like I’m somehow making up for the other ways I’m avoiding discomfort.  I don’t know if it’s working.

2.  My writing sucks.  I used to have something resembling style.  Work now demands that I either write short, subject-verb-object bullets (subject optional) or bloated, turgid ambiguities designed to hide accountability and offend no one.

This blog represents the hope that by reflecting on No. 1, I will undo some of No. 2.


4 Responses to “About”

  1. kieran February 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    I need your address so i can send you a badge!!!!!

  2. ♒ (@RightcoastRad) October 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    I like the comments about how you are now expected to write – particularly the “…bloated, turgid ambiguities designed to hide accountability and offend no one.” description. Been there. I have managed to completely eschew PowerPoint, which I count as a small personal victory. And yes, riding bikes in shitty Northern European weather is a path back to hardness allowing you to sneer satisfyingly at the bloated, turgid ambiguity-spewing masses. Cheers.

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