Updated: Sep 7, 2021
A first hand account of experiences and lessons learnt while in pursuit of personal excellence by South African professional Mountain Biker, Matthys Beukes.
Jokingly in classic AA voice:
Hi, I'm Matthys Beukes and I ride bikes.
Talking about AA, we all have some sort of problem and some people might say I have a problem with riding bikes. To my defence though, I was born into it and didn't have a fair choice but let me explain.
Its simple really: ask any 7 year old kid who grew up in the bike shop of his (much) older brother who also happened to be one of the best riders in the country what that kid would like to be one day and you can see why I had a one way ticket into the world of Mountain Biking...
Here we are, 26 years down the line from doing my first MTB race at the age of 7 at the Knysna Oyster Festival in 1994 and Im still riding my bike, basically every day, loving it more than ever.
So its a pretty damn cool problem to have if you ask me!
Now entering what should be the twilight years of my professional career I am feeling the need to document and hopefully pass on the experience and lessons learnt through all those years on the bike, always in pursuit of my ultimate performance and personal excellence.
By the way, the ultimate performance and personal excellence doesn't really exist.
Only the fact that we can try to achieve those results are real and the journey that the pursuit of excellence brings is where all the magic happens.
This at least is my opinion formed from the experiences I had, you can take on your own journey and decide for yourself.
Where to from Here
The sport of Mountain Biking has given me so much, taught me about life, about myself and has really shaped me to be the person I am today. For this reason I hope to share some of the knowledge that I have gained over the years to anybody who shares the love and passion for the sport of Mountain Biking.
By no means am I implying that I have all the answers but I do believe that I can give a little bit back to the sport and that it might be of value to someone else.
Im not a writer, journalist or professional blogger nor am I a sports scientist, nutritional expert or psychologist. I am just a guy who's been riding his bike for most of his life, as fast as possible.
One thing is a guarantee though, I will be honest and true in not only sharing the lessons I have learnt but also the mistakes that I have made.
What's in it for me you might ask?
I don't want what the sport has given me go to waste when I call it a day on my professional career. If I can play a small part in someone else's journey and help then achieve their personal goals I would be more than happy!
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Until then, cheers.