Championship Strategy/Winning Skills
The Victory Continuum
19“I’m less concerned about the availability and temptation to use performance-enhancing drugs in sports than I am about the dangers faced every day by teens who aren’t involved in sports at all.” Chris Carmichael, Cycling Coach
It may be true that some are born winners. This means that all the elements of winning come easily to those people. An infant isn’t going to win a KOM – but a child with natural abilities given the right mix of experiences, motivations, tools and opportunities could become a champion climber. He could also stand on street corners smoking crack.
There’s a package that comes with being a winner that born losers could practice to learn to win. Who’s to say who is either? Just attempting it raises your level from street to podium. After these weeks of preparation of champion character, psyche, presence, and emotions, working on winning strategy will seem like being in the slipstream. But even in the slipstream, one must pedal. To win requires an effort. It is not magic. It doesn’t suddenly happen or come about due to luck. A rider doesn’t go from 67th to 1st just like that. It’s true a rider low on GC may win a stage or a great performance can follow a poor performance. It’s also true that breakthrough can occur, but usually as a result of continued incremental momentum. It’s finally put together by the winner and isn’t by everyone else on the day.
Inviting spirituality into the package of skills is critical – for the awareness to see cycling through eyes of faith into hidden systems and secret strategies. I was often puzzled at how the race went – what I’d missed or what worked, until I prayed for strategic insight. I remember that gestalt moment when strategic insight was granted. It was a bit like slow motion. In the victory continuum, what I could imagine I could finally execute. What I could sense, I could now see and anticipate and capitalize upon to move from consistent seconds to victory. More importantly, I could now multiply this from me to we and teach others what, when, where, who, and how to see and sense. This week isn’t about mastering the fundamental skills of bike racing. It’s about mastering the fundamental skills of championship strategy.
Prayer for Winning Skills
“Strength and success belong to God; both deceived and deceiver must answer to him.” 20Job 12:16
Teach us to win O Lord.
Ponder Do I know what it takes to win? Affirm I can learn to win. Watch practice make perfect for first place.
19“Cycling’s Hope: The Sport Has Hit Bottom,” by Mason Kelley posted July 1, 2008 www.nbcsports.msnbc.com
20The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson