Think Daily by Larry Janesky
Chapter Twenty One – Redemption

I made the last turn.  People lined the streets.  I could see men standing in front of the podium.  When they saw me, they erupted.  I was happy for them.  I was happy I did not let them down, for they had come so far. I rolled up the podium…


Chapter Twenty – The Return of 714x

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman I raced away into the beautiful desert afternoon.  I wound through the brush, up the hills and…


Chapter Nineteen – Talking to Spirits

“When an idea’s time has come, it cannot be stopped.” – Ram Dass I was in pain.  I had been in pain for 24 hours.  I was 32 ½ hours in.  My butt was raw, even though I had an extra wide gel seat, and two layers of bicyclists padding…


Magnetism

I was spent.  I knew what came next.  Uruapan again.  Steep hill climbs, rocks, whoops – a challenge.  I sat down in the chair they had for me and had a Red Bull.  It was a reward of sorts.  I figured by the time I crashed from it I’d be…


Chapter Eighteen – Man against himself

“Everyone winds up somewhere in life.  Wind up somewhere on purpose.  You are the only one who can determine where that is.” I had two more stops at my chase truck.  The next one was 737 at Santo Tomas.  The course wound up another section of mountainous terrain above the…


Chapter Seventeen – Born Again

“Practice until you get it right.  Then practice until you can’t get it wrong.” Sometimes you have to be mad enough or fed up enough to push through and do what it takes.  To see my 3 ½ hour time cushion evaporating was enough.  I rode as fast as I…


"Gasolina?"

The course was chewed up and slower than in pre-running.  I had tape on my front fender with all my stops written on it.  I was looking for the Baja gas pit at race mile 591.  Mile 591 came – no pit.  I pressed forward to 592.  No pit, just…


Chapter Sixteen – New Life

“It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary “No pain no gain is crap.”  When I heard Phil Maffetone, trainer to the world’s greatest long-distance athletes say it, it changed how I was training, and it changed my fitness for this race for the better. …


Dark Night of the Soul

I was struggling, but I kept my composure.  My abs were burning as I had to hold my knees up to my chest for long periods to keep my feet from dragging in the silt.  It was up to the seat in places.  Thirty-year truck racing veterans would say later…


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