|10 miles into the Dirty Kanza, photo by Eric Benjamin|
|rolling out on Commercial Street, Emporia|
|Descending one of the many hills at DK200|
photo by the Emporia Gazette
|eating on the bike old school style|
Mental Toughness It's not a matter of if you'll want to quit the Kanza it's only a question of when & how you'll deal with it. Even the fastest & most accomplished racers have moments when they want to tap out. But as Rebecca Rusch says about racing ultra events "there will be good times, there will be bad times, neither will last". Racing the Kanza has required me to build mentally toughness like no other event I've done. I think there are 3 parts of that mental toughness: confidence, resilience, & adaptability.
|Finishing the Kanza in the dark is always a possibility|