Over the past couple of weeks I’ve thought about, written about, and talked a lot about the Dirty Kanza 200. This is a big race for me; therefore it is at the forefront of my racing season. However, the funny thing is that apart from all the things that happened to me during the event, there were vast sections and huge blocks of time where I was just pedaling. It was during those times of blank thoughts and passing gravel that I find myself with nothing to talk or write about. In fact, before I began my hand to hand combat with enough flat tires to last me a year the race was going quite smoothly. So smoothly in fact that I recall wondering what story I would have to tell if nothing really memorable happened? How will I relate the experience to anyone through written or spoken word if everything just goes perfectly? A tiny tinge of stress jumped into my mind over this notion of a totally uneventful race…until reality hit.
Drifting away in the vastness of Kansas…
The cold hard truth is that if you go for a really long ride, you’ll always have a story to tell.
Now, I’m a bit superstitious when it comes to cycling. I never wish bad luck on fellow competitors, never talk about flats before a race, and always wear the same socks in every race (for that year). I must admit that I’m kicking myself as I look back on the ride of this year’s DK200. Did I jinx myself by quietly wishing something would happen so I’d have a story to tell? Who knows? What I do know is that if you just keep riding long enough you’ll always end up with a story to tell. The best tales come from the experience. Don’t try to shape them, just let them come to you. You’ll thank yourself for it even if nothing happens except a lot of pedaling.
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Tim (Eki) Ek
Tim Ek was born and raised in Duluth, Minn., and still calls it home. He’s always had a passion for competition and seeking his own extremes. Tim's true love is the woods: Out in the wild is where he clears his head and finds his peace, and he prefers getting there by bike. Tim Ek: The Eki Chronicles, ekichronicles2.kinetic-fitness.com