What I’m saying is that feeling you get when you’re out training and racing, and it sucks, is EXACTLY what fulfillment feels like. Anything worth having blows sometimes. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be worth it because it was too easy. We only value what we overcome that’s difficult, and not by other people’s standards, only our own.
This is not limited to cycling. I’ve changed my son’s diaper four times today – do you think I enjoyed it? Do you know what else I’m going to want? Being an important part of someone else’s life for approximately ten years until he hates me.
Most of all, I worry about my athletes, teammates, and friends pursuing cycling or any competitive athletic pursuit and letting their expectations harden into entitlement and resentment to the detriment of their relationship, job, or life.