Monday, July 25, 2011

The Hardest Part of Falling Down Isn't the Landing...'s getting back up.

Today, on a training ride, one of my teammates went down pretty hard on the mountain bike section (though not as hard as the guy in the picture) - she's nursing some pretty decent wounds on her elbows tonight, along with her fair share of bumps and bruises.

But she finished the ride.

That being said, my wife had to tell her to get back on - because, having gone through a similar fall herself, she knew the importance of getting back in that "saddle". You see, the biggest obstacle you face after a fall is the fear that you feel on every turn and drop, and the frustration that builds with every little fall afterwards. But all of that pales in comparison to the feeling of failure that accompanies not even trying.

It's all right to be afraid - it's not all right to quit.

"Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage and confidence in the doing."

~ Guy

1 comment:

Sharon Gramchuk said...

Guy - I appreciate this post, as after a couple painful falls yesterday, by the time I rode home, I felt like I didn't want to do the Adventure Challenge again, or even much downhill trail riding. I felt it was just getting too hard for me and I was a bit scared. But this morning, after contemplating it some more, even though I am very sore and it's painful to move, I do feel strong and up to the challenge of pushing onward and doing the race - just because I know I can. You guys have helped me realize that.