Re-evaluating Cycling

Stepping off the bike allows you to pick it up again triumphantly


“But the results he’d hoped for didn’t quite eventuate, and following a tough year in 2005…McGee knew he had to go back to the drawing board.”An Interview with Brad McGee

This blog was originally written for the off-season. Yet in the midst of summer after hard racing, sometimes a mid-summer night’s dream is necessary for revitalization.

Take a few days to let the events of the season go, then take time to take it up again, but now with the detachment of an analytical observer. If you’ve done your rest days’ homework, your ego should be in submission. Confidence newly tamed can approach its wilder virtue – truth, with caution, whip in hand to beat back insecurities and arrogance. Seek the truth with soft heart, believing that your best is yet to come, but also with hard eyes toward wise preparation. Gently explore your failings and disappointments. Everyone loses more than they win. There is no perfect cycling season. Critically determine how to improve.

If you do the same things, the outcome will be the same. History is the best predictor of the future. What needs to continue, to go, to improve? Get real with yourself. I knew a rider who was masterful at this. With objective precision, Becky Conzelman would study her performances. She refused to indulge in excuses and simply called it as it was. She never reached her goal to go to the Olympics, but she did manage, in just four years of competitive track cycling, to win the races and qualify to compete at Worlds. I believe it was partly because she short-cut the bull and went straight to what needed work.

So few have the courage to do this. We seem to need to encourage ourselves with half-truths in order to stay motivated. In the off-season especially, it’s good to get this kind of feedback from the experts you respect, but sometimes mid-season is when it’s most needed. What others tell you about how to improve is worth seeking. Take the time, steady your emotions, be open to trust and explore.

Prayer for Wisdom

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free! 19John 8:32


We are made to have light in us, and light penetrates darkness – even the darkness of self-doubt. We need to know our purpose in cycling. We pray to know what’s real.

Ponder What lies do I believe about myself? Who can help me discern what’s really happening? Affirm I can handle the truth, and I will be freed by it to the heights of a unique pinnacle for me. Watch how your invitation of truth ushers in peaceful, effective change.

18“An interview with Brad McGee: Pieces of the puzzle,” Latest Cycling News for May 10, 2006, Edited by Jeff Jones, assisted by Susan Westemeyer.

19Holy Bible, King James Version, public domain

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: