18 August 2009

The Harder you work, the luckier you get.

"You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
- Sheila Graham
I've said it before but I believe life is simply a number of tests. One right after another and the more we pass the closer we get to our goals. That can also be defined as process.

There are going to be so many tests in life and in sport. My IT band injury being one that sticks in my mind.
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars" - Charles Beard
I knew it would be a hard battle back and it wages on. My favourite course Kelowna is this Sunday. It is both Senior and U23 Nationals. However with Australia no more than 3 weeks after nationals, it has been advised that we train through it and focus on worlds.

Since I have last reported, I have forged on with my final drive to the climax of this season. From solid rides on the Bog loop with race like tactics, to countless track workouts. The integration has been fantastic. Quote of the week comes from Simon, "Boy We Work Hard" And that we do and is very much embraced.

It is crunch time and nerves have come into existence. It is what occupies my mind to the point where I am getting rather ornery. Sorry mom, dad and training partners. He he. On the whole, I just get quiet, dabble around, clean the bike (Absolutely Spotless!) and bury myself in sports psych.

The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible" -Anonymous

Here is an interesting song, short but a pretty catchy tune.

Here is another that I have been trying to find for quite some time, I heard it first from the movie, "Into the Wild" I came to the conclusion that it didn't exist, but I FOUND IT! It is written by John Prine but it is the voice of Bonnie Raitt that I was looking for. Here it is:

For now, I better get back to dabbling.

Hope all is well with you,

Ciao for now,

Andrew McCartney

No Cotton Wool

Photo from Des Moines:


D said...

Feel free to come clean my bike any time. It's disgusting.

Gregwh said...

My brother and I both have had good results treating the IT band with heat. Get it hotter than hell before you run say with a wet hot towel then put a neoprene support on it to sustain the heat while you run. My bro discovered this, I was skeptical at first, as heat seemed counter-intuitive. But now IT problems are a thing of the past. You can always ice after you run. Greg

Andrew McCartney said...

Hey thanks for the comment, I did find that helped,I still use heat before some workouts when I am quite sore and I do find it gives me a bit more spunk. I am very thankful to have overcome that injury. It was a tough challenge.
Thanks again

Gregwh said...

You're welcome. I had the IT syndrome bad at age 24 so I know how frustrating it is.