Pain. Suffering. Self-induced misery. Why oh why is this so much a part of my life? Why do I need it? Why do I want it? What purpose does it serve? And how does it impact the creative side of my life? Cycling, running, paddling, climbing, and other endurance pursuits provide a unique path in life. Some choose to follow this path while others choose another and each and every path is legit. One not better than the other. Just different.