From the ever-elegant Rapha:
Cycling is so hard, the suffering is so intense, that it’s absolutely cleansing. The pain is so deep and strong that a curtain descends over your brain… Once, someone asked me what pleasure I took in riding for so long. ’Pleasure?’ I said. ’I don’t understand the question.’ I didn’t do it for pleasure, I did it for pain.
There’s something thrilling about pushing yourself well past your comfort zone–on the bike and off. Really it’s the only way to become stronger.