Eight Years for a Day: Olympic Cycling
13“It’s the most amazing day of my life. I’ve been working for this for the last eight years, especially the last four, and to time everything right on one day is an accomplishment of its own.” Kristin Armstrong, Time Trial Olympic Gold
What a day it is to peak correctly! Olympic cycling comes only every four years, but the preparation for an Olympic goal occurs every day years in advance. Eight-year physiological planning is considered the gold standard for Olympic competitiveness. Based on this idea and a national team program that is medal-driven, American women have medaled in the past three Olympic time trials. This is the height of honor in female road racing. Whatever struggles were encountered, all pale in comparison to the shimmer of metal on this special day.
Yet living out the countless minutes of training, discipline, sacrifices in lifestyle, travel schedule, race rigors, saying no to over-commitment and yes to isolation and even to boredom at times is all part of what it takes to slip that circular medallion around your neck. It is hardly the high-life enduring hours of racing in the rain, training in
the cold, skipping dessert, keeping farmer’s hours, honing the craftsmanship of
the sport and refining psychology, emotions, and character for excellence.
It takes a team of experts who work well together and who remain focused on the same goal over a long period of time. Even in the time trial, a team is necessary to assist with preparation and competition. For the road race, this becomes crucial and more often than not, the winner comes from a team dedicated as a unit.
To have a great day for one day on the right day is such an achievement. It requires many days of consistent, sustained excellence at a cost in energy, time, resources, and decision-making. Really that one great day is thousands of excellent days. It takes a gatekeeper to win – someone willing to shut the door on distraction and open it to the right focus.
Prayer for Olympic Cycling
“A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.” 14Proverbs 84:10
We are grateful for the Olympic Games –a celebration of universal unity through the community of sport. We ask blessing on Olympic cycling and all those preparing for it.
Ponder What am I willing to do for a single day of greatness? Affirm I do more than envy an Olympian. I am dedicated like one every day. Watch your days of excellence lead to a day of celebration!
13“Armstrong wins time trial gold,” posted August 12, 2008 on NBCOlympics.com
14Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189