Cycling Goals & Realistic Assessment

Missing Breaks

40“We wanted to make the race aggressive and get in a break today. TIBCO missed the break yesterday, so we knew they were hungry today.”  Lisa Hunt, Team Director

Knowing you missed the winning break feels like this

The best way to redeem a bad period or mistake is to start with an assessment of the situation. Once assessed, search for your mistakes and you can usually find a few. Mistakes acknowledge with a hope to improve is called Repentance in spiritual terms. Repentance forces assessment because you can’t go before God without really looking at root causes. Repentance means turning away from, changing a course.

In a cycling context, you may miss a break that’s sure to win, now what – stay in the pack or bridge the gap? After assessing the challenge, champs respond with maneuvers to overcome it.  Part of champion maneuvering is mental focus that doesn’t question whether a win is deserved or not. Strong beliefs support this winning psychology. Often these beliefs come from a belief in the hard work to prepare for that win. Both the work and the justification contribute to the winning move or the move that overcomes a mistake to win.

Justification as a Christian principle says success isn’t earned but an undeserved gift because Christ’s work on the cross paid all debts. The only work is acknowledging mistakes – repentance. Jesus redeemed humankind from mistakes. Bike success must be earned through hard work, but the opportunity to succeed spiritually isn’t based on our goodness but on God’s grace. Our errors and mistakes don’t hinder us from future success. Instead we acknowledge them, confess them, turn from them, and with renewed faith, work toward victory!

Prayer for Realistic Assessment

“If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.”

41Romans 4:4-5

We are amazed that rewards can be ours from God’s sheer goodness, not on our own. We ask to take this goodness and invest it for rewards right here.


What are the secrets to successful performance for me?

What is really hindering me that I cause and can change?

What is my goal and is it the right goal?

Is my behavior lining up with my beliefs about goals? How?

What areas require trust?

What areas require action?

If significant change is necessary, what will the transition look like?

Be honest, can you make the changes? If not, how long are you willing to continue as is?

What opportunities could be missed with status quo?

If changes were made, where are energies better spent?

Affirm I search until there’s peace about my cycling goals.

Watch think, pray and move forward.

40VAC storms into Cascade Cycling Classic with Patella 7th in Stage 2!” posted July 12th, 2008 on

41The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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