I had some low points in PBP where I sort of wished I had an excuse to pull out. They only lasted a few minutes at a time and in hindsight I did get dehydrated as I didnt stop for water when I should have. What kept me going was the regret that I would feel if I pulled out for no real reason. I told myself its just another 400km and Im only alive once.
I just had a string bag full of dried fruit and at each check point I would stuff my jersey pockets full. I had a few kg of dried figs and raisins for the whole trip and ran out about 100km to go and had to stop and luckily there was a check point with so much grapes and they were sugar sweet. It was surreal how much energy I had the last hour riding into paris and there was a motorbike guiding me in the right direction.
Would I do it again? I will do some aussie rides first but if PBP was a local gig, Id do it again for sure. PBP is great cos you can 'race' it or you can 'cruze' it. Either way, its an epic challenge that will leave one with memories for life. Stay carbed up and hydrated so those memories are more positive than negative.
PS: To compare ourselves with others can sometimes be very limiting as it makes us feel inferior/superior when we really should be comparing ourselves to ourself and where we are today, where we have come from and where we want to go. When I train with Cadel Evans, Lance Armstrong, Oscar Pereiro etc, I dont compare myself with them but rather use their advice to further better myself in certain aspects. Does that make sense? Avoid comparing yourself to others, just learn from em and get better.
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