Racing hard is…well, it’s hard. There is nothing comfortable about pushing yourself to the edge and seeing how long you can stay there.
But there is also no better preparation for learning how to deal with discomfort and figuring out how to overcome the myriad other difficulties you’ll encounter in life.
There’s a lesson or two to be uncovered every time you step to the starting line. And even though I don’t race nearly as much (or quite as fast) as I used to, more than anything else, that’s why I still do it: to force myself into an uncomfortable situation to see what I can find out.