Victory is found in the ride, not at the finish line

Image “If it wasn’t for the bad stuff, it wouldn’t make winning so great” ~Motocross quote

My husband used to race Motocross, so I’ve watched a few races. The track has varying elevations, curves, ruts, high points to fly across, and every rider is out there trying to anticipate each change of terrain with a multitude of other riders.

On a grander scale, life is no different. There are high points, low points, curves, deep ruts, parts where we soar. Though we have control of our own bike, there are always other riders that affect our course.

All of the changes and unpredictability can be challenging, but if the track was flat, and beautifully groomed, our ride would be smooth, and we’d would enjoy it for some time, but would soon grow bored and have very little satisfaction with our experience.

Satisfaction is gained in making it through all those crazy twists and turns. The first few laps around this rough terrain can be very difficult. Though we may have the ability to see a certain distance ahead of us, and anticipate our ride, we really don’t know what its going to be like until we have experienced it. There are always ruts and contours that come up on us fast that we weren’t prepared for.

This is where we learn that not everything can be planned. Some planning is essential, but we must also be prepared to expect the unexpected. We realize that though things may look a certain way, the experience can be entirely different.

A few more times around, and we gain a certain amount of confidence. We’ve made it through some tough, unanticipated contours, and may have had a few spills, but we are now stronger and smarter riders.

Being stronger and smarter, when we hit those high points that allow us to soar, we enjoy that experience all the more, and know when we hit the ground again, we will be able to maneuver more than we did before.

We also know, no matter how many times we go around the track, it is never the same. The track is constantly changing. The more we ride, and the other riders go around, the contours are altered. The cuts in the terrain are different and some ruts are deeper.

Some of us, despite our skilled riding, will hit a deep, muddy rut. Our tires will lose their spin, and all we can do is fall. Some us fall hard. This fall may require us to lay on the side of the track and rest our sore muscles for a long time. It is hugely defeating to lay there on the side and watch all the other rides fly by.

But, to get back up, we need to be sure our bodies are ready so we don’t easily fall back down again out of exhaustion. As hard as it may be, sometimes this rest is what we need so we can get back on the track strong enough to handle the ever changing terrain.

The key here is to listen to our bodies, and recognize when its time to get back on the track. Laying there for some time may be essential, but we also need to be sure that we don’t get too comfortable in this place watching the other riders pass us by. Our muscles will start to atrophy, and the longer we lay there, the harder it will be to reacclimate our muscles.

When we do get back on that track, and get past the muscle burn from being dormant, the race is all the more exhilarating. Feeling the change of terrain under our wheels again gives us a high no drug could manufacture.

Victory isn’t won on the smooth, flat path. Its making it through the rough, unexpected terrain that makes victory taste so sweet.

~Christie

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