Seasonal Transitions: Reverie & Realism
Reverie & Realism
36The contract season seems to start earlier and earlier, and guys were getting snatched up already in June this year! That left guys that started to shine in July and August this year, that left them out.” Mike Tamayo, Team Director
Sometimes the mirage on the road isn’t from a heat wave but is an illusion of your future in cycling. Dreams and images are important guidance for planning, goal-setting, and motivation. Expectations are necessary to reach an anticipated end. By now, last year’s expectations have undergone the test of realistic experience. Dreams are being dashed or dreams are being fulfilled.
Late summer increases the heat on next season’s cycling, and contracts are being negotiated earlier than ever. Certain stars are wooed during the Tour de France and by August, announcements of new roster additions or ending sponsorships dominate cycling’s headlines. These transitions increase into September and put the squeeze on the sport and its participants.
What looked like an oasis of opportunity has dried up and new sources or fresh rescues are sought for continued provision to make the long perilous journey into next year. The shadows grow long and so do the faces of anxious riders without new contracts and whole teams whose endorsers exit the sport after the remaining events and weeks.
Things can get really weird in the races. Riders go lone ranger again trying to prove themselves to get picked up by a new team. Tight teams start to unravel and strange tactics partition a team’s comeback units from the kicked out divisions. Unexpected alliances form and campaigns for a contract increase race politics. More smack and criticism and back-biting and flattering and brown-nosing begin to mar the jostling unity of the peloton.
Worried team staff appear in the respected restricted space of other teams searching for next year’s position. The community is abuzz and people talk who never acknowledged one another before. It’s an ugly time and a beautiful time – this dreaming and this realizing.
Prayer for the Future
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” 37Jeremiah 29:11
We are glad that God promises plans and a future that we can seek and enter. We ask to know those prosperous plans and to realize that hopeful future!
Ponder Am I completely committed to my Plan A? Affirm I may realize dreams with several plans and unexpected opportunities. Watch, talk, wait, pray and act expecting the best to look differently than imagined.
36“O’Bee signs last-minute deal,” by Mark Zalewski, North American Editor First Edition Cycling News, December 20, 2007 Edited by Hedwig Kröner and Sue George www.cyclingnews.com
37The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society