When You Decide

Yes You Can?

Long distance athletes often face a unique psychological battle with uncertainty.  One starts a marathon, Ironman triathlon, 50-kilometer ski race, or even a six-hour bike ride and a little doubt exists about completing the event.  Will I be able to hold the pace?  Are there too may hills?  What if the weather turn atrocious?  Can I endure?

Then one encounters a moment when certainty reaches a tipping point.  Short of an unseen disaster, the athlete knows they can make it a few more minutes, kilometers, strides.  The mental boost this gives the athlete is tremendous.  It is not always a turn of speed but the relaxation from the mental stress of the unknown starts to fade.  

Interestingly, this moment of cross-over is often very much in our control.  What if we decided the certainty of finishing was going to take place 5 kilometers sooner?  What if we were so bold that we never doubted the result from the start?  How would it change your perspective if you moved uncertainty forward in an event?

Into Uncertainty

To ride with the pack is safe.  You can predict the effort required to finish the race.  If you are feeling strong you can go to the front of the peloton and set a pace that benefits those following.  If you are feeling weaker you can be sheltered from the wind by stronger riders.  To ride ahead solo is daring and uncertain.  It takes commitment to a vision that the effort of of pushing ahead will have its rewards.  Those who seek the unknown are often overtaken by the pack.  But on occasion they are rewarded in the most spectacular fashion.  Finding themselves arriving at the finish solo, celebrating the outcome of molding the unknown to meet their belief.