I'm really enjoying the Netflix series "Unchained" about the Tour De France. It's giving me a whole new perspective on the race.
In the past, I've followed the Tour as a passionate spectator, but now I'm seeing it from the viewpoint of the teams and riders. While I don't fully understand all the technical aspects of cycling and racing on two wheels, I can relate to the human side of endurance. I can appreciate the physical and mental challenges the cyclists face. The documentary's storytelling is so immersive that I could almost feel their pain and struggles.
This is a reflection of my own ultrarunning of course. While professional athletes operate on a different level, I believe that anyone who pushes themselves to their limits with dedication is like them, regardless of the sport or performance on the leaderboard. It's all about subjective perception, as there is no objective measure for it.
Watching this documentary has given me new insights on resilience, dedication, determination, and true grit. These qualities stem from a deep passion for the sport and confidence in one's abilities, which are built through years of hard work.
But one thing that really stands out is the importance of the team. It's easy to forget the support system we have in our own pursuits, whether it's training companions, understanding partners, supportive friends, or professionals who help us along the way.
Moving forward, I want to do a better job of acknowledging and thanking my team, they deserve recognition for being a vital part of my ultrarunning journey.