UNIVERSAL TRUTH OF CYCLING #28: THE HAMMER AND CYCLE.
The Quantity Theory of Cycling or Hammer and Cycle Truth is as follows:
At any point in your cycling career, when you feel the rush of adrenaline, and the surge of strength in your limbs (and even though you claim to not be the competitive type - or even if you do) there is a moment when you drop a gear, stand or just drive a little harder, beginning to nudge forward from your fellow cyclists. You crest that hill just a moment sooner. Or you hammer like buggery as if there’s no tomorrow, and what started as a gentle spin turns into a wolf pack ride.
Here’s where the truth comes in. See, the degree to which you hammer and dish out that pain – the distance you put between you and your current riding partner (formerly referred to as a friend) – will be hammered back to you at some point. That amount, in equal, no more, no less, the exact serving of humble pie, will be dished back to you by someone faster and fitter.
There is a consistent amount of pain, suffering and distance out there on the hills and trails. It circulates between us all, constantly shifting, a form of transaction of effort, time and ego. The theory applies to millimeters as much to miles, but always in equal measures. It’s there. By God, it is there.
So whether you are the hammerer or the cursing hammeree (nail?), remember the Quantity Theory. I find it both a comfort and a warning.
The Quantity Theory of Cycling.
You’ve been warned.
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