Last Friday and Saturday, I participated in the Rally Crush Canada. It’s a navigation rally held in La Tuque, where you ride your motorcycle off-road for either two or three days. You wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning, and come back around six at night.
Some trails are just amazingly beautiful, and easy to ride. Others are commonly referred to as Vietnam. I don’t know many riders who haven’t fallen, except perhaps Chris Birch, who was the special guest of the rally. At the end of day three, Chris rode a Trial course with his KTM 1190. He was unbelievably graceful.
Here’s the lessons I’ve learned from the rally. You can use those lessons in your day-to-day life.
First, before doing this kind of event, you need preparation. Your mind, your body, your motorbike, and your stuff for the rally has to be ready. Unfortunately, one bike wasn’t so ready. And then, there was the question, “What am I going to wear?”.
For everything that’s not ready, your energy level drops. For every choice you have to make, your energy level drops again. Having many options isn’t always better. In fact, it’s a waste of time and energy. Although all my stuff was ready, I felt the energy drain from my team’s un-readiness and choices from their too many options. When you know it will be a tough run, be ready… Prepare, prepare, prepare and eliminate your options!
The second lesson, I learned it in the hard trail. It was the hardest trail I’ve ever ridden. And I complained about it. I said things like, “This is hard!”, and “I have no more energy!”. Instead, I could have replenished my energy with thoughts of courage and victory, and use my body to feel invincible. I bet it would have been much easier!
The third lesson is simple. Tough patches last for a brief moment. Because you’ve just lived hell, even if the rest of the road is rough, it will seem easy compared to what has just passed.
I’ve learned those lessons the hard way on Saturday. I’ve fallen many, many times, and my legs are full of bruises, some being deep dark purple. It was a test of character, and I’m proud to say that I’ve passed. I love off-road motorcycle not just because of the thrill, but for the life lessons it teaches me.
~ Photo credit: my best co-rider girl friend ever!