Vanishing Opportunities & Events
14“Another factor is my view on doping in sport. I’ve had money taken from me and results taken from me by people who have later tested positive. So that, too, has reduced my ‘win at all costs’ mentality that I might have had. It has lessened my drive to ‘win, win, win’ and made it more about ‘what can I do.’ My overall satisfaction is tied more to what comes from me, and the satisfaction has increased because I know it’s coming from me.” Ben Jacques-Maynes, American Pro Cyclist
Staying satisfied amid the shifts and pace changes inherent in cycling life is a quality that contributes to mental fitness. Satisfaction is connected with a perceived sense of control – balancing when to exert to overcome circumstances and when to let go.
With the squeeze felt by changes in economic prosperity and the ever-present flux in team life felt most particularly toward season’s end, a satisfied soul learns how to moderate will to draft through the toughest realities.
Some of these realities have to do with teams coming and going, lost events due to lack of sponsorship or public attention, and aging. Anxiety about all these things can cause us to rock the delicate scales between control and release. For instance, we may become overbearing in approaching teams for a new contract; over-train instead of over-reach in training; or become the objects of negative attention versus having our needs met.
There’s a time to act another way. This is where a dialogue with God and prayer can be so powerful. In quiet moments, ponder what an existing situation can teach or how it can guide to uncover if it is really a vanishing loss or a vacant spot for a new opportunity. An All-Knowing presence sees and knows exactly what these between-times mean in the scheme of His plans for us. Learning to listen is a part of every relationship. Surrendering one’s will to a higher authority and having sensitivity to hear divine will are steps in drawing closer to God. Acting upon what you hear is a demonstration of faith. If God be for you, who can be against you?
So go for it but like one would when being efficient in the pack – wheel to wheel in the flow of the peloton. In the maturing season of impending autumn, exhibit spiritual growth between rides or opportunities. Your surrendered listening ear can seek Him in scripture and in prayer. This is within your control.
Prayer re: Vanishing Events & Opportunities
“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field…The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” 15Isaiah 40:6-8
We understand that some things are outta our control – so we’ll let go and let God do with it what He wills. Show us Your way through it as it is the best way.
Ponder What glimpses of eternity do you sense? Affirm I see beyond the next opportunity and then the next to see what will last. I see what I need to do to get there – at least the next step. Watch the hard continue to ride when we take that faith step.
14“Toolbox: The Mind of a Mentally Fit Pro,” by Marvin Zauderer posted February 19, 2008 on http://www.pezcyclingnews.com. This article also drew upon aspects of “Toolbox: Managing Your Will to Succeed,” by Marvin Zauderer posted April 08, 2008 on http://www.pezcyclingnews.com
15The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society