Being Grateful

As competitive athletes, as in life, we get caught up in our world of results. If I’m not first, I’m last. Second place is the first loser. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that…How many times I’ve said that to myself. How much pressure I’ve put on myself to not disappoint my sponsors…to not disappoint my team…to not disappoint my family…to not disappoint myself. While I excel under pressure, I have never had exceptional results, in racing and in life, when I put an excessive amount of pressure on results. Pressure is good…excessive pressure is not. In fact, it is quite the opposite. I have had the best results when there is no expectation and no pressure on me. Maybe pressure is wasted energy that can be applied to my actual physical exertion rather than something I can’t control. It’s important to get perspective every once in a while and realize what is important in life…family, friends, health, happiness, and a myriad of other things that make life worth living. There are times when I have had to tell myself to stop…realize that I am just riding a bike…surrounded by amazing athletes…and traveling the country to places I would have never visited if it weren’t for “racing”. When I look at it from that perspective, it’s surprising how good my results are.