The crux of a sprint

The Race Across America, or RAAM, is the ultimate test piece in endurance sports.

This 3,000 mile race starts from California and winds its way through to New York.

Unlike the Tour de France, the clock doesn’t stop. Riders will often go for 22 hours a day for eight days straight.

Every rider who registers for this race knows they are going to get tired. The question is Where are you going to put the tired?

When you have nothing left to give, where are you going to find the strength to continue?

How are you going to put aside the internal narrative that you can’t go any further?

After moving as hard as you can for 22 hours, how are you going to start again tomorrow?

Of course, it’s not meant to last forever. The idea of a sprint is to go fast, to stretch for a short time period, to create forward motion.

Putting aside the noises in our head that says we can’t do it is crux of any sprint.

[I riff a bit about this at the beginning of my presentation at 1 Million Cups.]