Losing - Learning To Win
We don’t like losing – and we shouldn’t.. but we should use losing to improve ourselves.
Losing is one of the best ways to learn how to win.
Self Improvement? - During a training program – winning and losing are not the important factors.
Its is more important to keep improving. Perhaps I put too little pressure on riders I coach to get results – however I have had many arguments with riders after an event when analyzing faults in a performance .. (Especially one particularly stubborn rider).
When an error in riding style is pointed out – it is up to the rider to improve it. I am usually a little harder pointing out a mistake for the 2nd,3rd and 4th times.
Think of your Goals for the 2007 season, and focus on how far you are from it – and not how far you have to go.
Focus on the areas that you are improving – be angry with yourself for failing to rectify an obvious fault.
It might be simplistic – but it makes sense.
Analyze why you lost, e.g. Not fit enough / Can’t Sprint / Poor positioning / Cant corner – etc. - Now you know where to improve.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – all who try make mistakes.
Losing and learning can bring about the type of results you dream of – Called Winning.
Learn to deal with Losing – Learn from it – and improve yourself.
Underage Cycling in Ireland seems afraid to let Children compete against each other – I am totally against this concept (Nobody lost – Everyone Wins).
I would far rather deal with losing the odd sport event as a child, than having to face Loss for the first time as an Adult,
How can we learn from losing if we are in denial about Losing in the first place.
I am always more annoyed and disappointed with a second place than a poor performance, So Close yet still lost.
The hard reality of Cycling is that One rider wins – everyone else didn’t