Last Wednesday, the Race Across America started. I was scheduled to do the race again, but due to family issues, I postponed my next attempt to ride my bike across America to next RAAM – June 015.
I attempted RAAM in 013, but after 6 ½ days, more than half way across American, I quit.
I failed both physically, and much more so mentally.
Over the weekend, I spent a lot of time following the race and reflecting on my own RAAM experience last year… and it is difficult to fully explain the pains of regret that I feel for my failure and my quitting in the middle.
And this pain of regret got me to thinking about my other goals that I am going after … am I as focused as I need to be to achieve them? Probably not.
I also reflected on how justifying the stopping in the middle of a climb because it becomes difficult is the path that many people choose.
Although I aspire to be exceptional, last year when I was challenged, I did what most people do when the going gets tough, I quit.
Had I just pushed on …
had I taken an extra 10 minute rest instead of deciding to quit …
had I been in a more positive frame of mind instead of focusing on the negatives…
The “had I…” list is endless.
But at the end of the day, I quit in the middle of my challenge; and although the summit was nearly in site, I quit half way up the mountain.
I can NOT underscore enough the importance of fighting when the going gets tough – whether at RAAM, ironman, your job, a challenge and/or even on a diet, etc …
Stopping in the middle of your climb, no matter how many good excuses you might be able to find to justify in doing so, will only bring about: lack of achievement.
The best things in life are the hardest to get.
For my friends who might be reading this who are in the middle of RAAM … no matter what, keep your rider’s ass on the bike. Do not let him or her quit.
Just like pride lasts longer than pain… so does the feeling of failure.