I seek to gain as much personal growth and experiences from the journey to the start line as I search for in the race itself. The lessons and experiences I have learned so far have been remarkable and my wish is to integrate them on this new chosen path and share them it with you.
I don’t know, maybe there’s a reason why no one in the race history have never tried it… I guess I’ll find outץץ. However there is a deeper knowing inside me that the lessons I will learn, the people I will meet, the experiences and self-growth gained will be larger than the race itself.
Riding in sand was my biggest nemesis (at least in my mind) as I have very little experience riding this terrain (last time I rode in sand was 15 years ago) and have never been on sand with my ‘new’ prosthetic leg. I decided to face the demon head on by just getting out there and see what it is all about. The Dakar Rally route goes through hundreds of kilometres of huge dunes and I know I must be very proficient in riding and navigating them.
Here is a video update of my experience.
During dinner which comprised of fresh fruit and bean tortillas with avocado my monkey mind took charge and was yelling at me what a stupid idea this is. "It is impossible, I’ll hurt myself and even if I manage to ride a little how on earth will I survive 15 days of 8-14 hours rides and all this with a prosthetic leg that is uncomfortable and doesn't allow me to handle the bike properly - bad, bad idea!".
Folded in my sleeping bag I listened to the “Voice” and at times it almost made sense. Why not admit that I chew more than I can swallow? There must be a reason why no one in my condition have ever tried it so I might as well quit now before I get to involved with it.
Fortunate to be trained by top yogi teachers I have learned to muster my mind when it goes off a tantrum like this and allowed the chatter to do its thing while trying not to get too attached to it. Just go to sleep and see how it will look like in the morning.