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Ultracycling and childhood trauma

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Old 12-06-17, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I had a wonderful childhood. Then, apparently, something went wrong because I became a randonneur.
I think this is too understated. Something went horribly, horribly wrong. As my friend Steve likes to say, if you're a randonneur, you ain't right in the head
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Randonneuring -- it's touring for people that aren't smart enough to stop for the night.
It's a wonderful sport when you can make up for a lack of ability with a lack of sleep
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So this is maybe a dumb question, but it has been nagging at me for awhile. Reading various articles from and about some very successful ultra endurance cyclists who credit(for lack of a better term) a rough childhood for their ability to be mentally tough and endure the challenges of various rides. Just wondering if there is a consistent connection?
Yes! I think friction in our lives plays some role in our drive and pain tolerance. Check out Juliana - her book “This Road I Ride” is quite inspiring.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliana_Buhring
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