The Race Across America
A Film by Stephen Auerbach
When I started triathlon a number of years ago, my weakest event was cycling, so I have made great efforts to learn more and understand a cyclists mind.Naturally I was interested in reviewing the film after reading the movie description and watching the trailer to the Bicycle Dreams movie.
As I watched the film the question of why would a cyclist take on a race like this entered my mind over and over.Riding across America over thousands of miles with very little rest is just plain crazy.But then I had to step back and think to myself, why I run or do triathlons?I am sure plenty of people think that is crazy.Running can be uncomfortable, tiring and quit frankly painful.Then why do I do it?While I watched the film I came to a conclusion that many people including myself need to know how far pure desire can take them.The only way to really get to this understanding is by stripped away all the comforts of everyday living and get down to the most basic human instinct which is survival.While I do not have a desire to “survive” the Race Across America, there are many ways to challenge this pure desire to strive to survive through running races and doing triathlons.It gives me a much needed opportunity to push myself and set goals that make me stretch and reach to achieve them.I believe many people would benefit from testing their own possibilities as many of the participants did in the film.Several stopped early and found out what their limits were.Others might loss their life trying, but to dare something that is difficult is admirable to me.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.– Theodore Roosevelt
“They are seekers, madmen, and angels hell-bent on riding across America on a bicycle in less than ten days.Eager to push their bodies to the limit, they set out on a daunting 3,000-mile odyssey.But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when tragedy strikes the race.These voyagers discover what is truly at stake as they pedal on, praying for the deliverance only the finish line can bring.By journey’s end, some are saved, others are lost, but all learn that the fuel that takes a soul toward its own true destiny is desire.”
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