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To succeed, you must first be willing to fail.


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Monday, August 06, 2012

This will be short, I am on my out the door to work. After my last 12 shift yesterday, I decided to take my new bike out for its maiden voyage. Frankly, I was pretty nervous since it was my first time on a time trial bike. I knew it would handle totally different than anything i have ever ridden before.

I was right.

I wobbled, was shaky, and had some basic control issues initially. I even accidentally spun the chain off the sprocket due to improper shifting. It all comes with the territory.

Over the course of 15 miles, I finally started getting comfortable and more efficient. To compare this machine to my mountain bike is like comparing a 747 to an F-16. What really took courage was to go for short distances in the aero position (to be down on the middle bars with your elbows on the pads - see last blog for pics). Once I got over that, I really jammed. On. A few stretches, I really flew. It was what I really wanted to do. Got up to a comfy 25 mph on the Garmin.

Then it happened.

I hit a patch of gravel and the next moment found myself on the side of the road with a flat tire. Wow, that was a short ride.

I called my rescue crew to come get me...aka my wife...to the rescue :)

As I stood on the side of the road, I really felt embarrassed, in the middle of nowhere with this really cool bike that I should be riding and felt like a spectacle.

Then it dawned on me, what is the weight limit on this??? After some research, the weight limit is ME. I am at the top end of what the bike will handle and it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the excess weight on the racing tires provoked an untimely blowout.

That hurt. I haven't been limited by my weight for so long I forgot what it was like. The feeling hasn't changed, it was like a knife in the gut.

I wrestled with it for a few minutes then made my decision..... Hey, whatever. We will go forward. This is the biggest victory of all. In the past, that would have driven me deeper.

Our self image gets so tied up in making sure that absolutely nothing goes wrong in the thing we are trying to do because a perceived failure would be more than we can bear. So we stand back and do nothing.

Doing nothing exacts a high price on the soul.

Today, I am a champion, not because I have never experienced failure and hurt, but because I have learned that to live the dream, you have to be willing to fail, learn, develop an action plan to get around it, then forge ahead.

To embrace failure is the foundation of success because it is one of the main ingredients. The moment we accept that and divorce our self image from this inevitable process, we win.

I will be an Ironman.
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GJIDEOFOR 8/24/2012 5:02PM

    "I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." ( I Corinthians 9:27)

WoW, just look at the test of emotional stamina, soulish fortitude and gut grinding
ground you have gained! one short test... and you passed it with flying colors!

Dont you think the guy at the store was sure the bike could handle it?
It ain't nothing but a thing, You on the otherhand are an IRON MAN!!!
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ANSWRGAL 8/22/2012 10:54PM

  What a great quote, "Doing nothing exacts a high price on the soul." Very powerful! I know this is repetitive, but thanks so much for sharing the deeply personal, challenging parts of this journey!

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BTURPEN3721 8/15/2012 12:47PM

    so true...thanks

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THETROUT 8/15/2012 7:53AM

    Keep going!!! You are reaching success!!

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WRITINGDIVA1 8/13/2012 9:43PM

    AWESOME! Good for you!!!

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OZIETWIN 8/13/2012 4:07PM

    Great blog! You captured the essence of success in anything - that you keep trying regardless of what happens.

My guess is that at some point, in the not too distant future, you won't be at the top end of the weight scale for that amazing bike.

Keep up the great work - keep moving forward and keep spreading your spark

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WORDGIRL830 8/13/2012 3:31PM

    I love your attitude. Your last statement is so profound. If I could divorce my self image from the inevitable process of failure. That is worthy to be a daily motivation statement for me. Way to go!

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CLUMBOY 8/13/2012 7:28AM

    hello: i am pasting this sentence:

Our self image gets so tied up in making sure that absolutely nothing goes wrong in the thing we are trying to do because a perceived failure would be more than we can bear. So we stand back and do nothing.

to my facebook page. it is very profound and beautifully said.
thank you for your postings. and WAY TO GO on the bike! it will all come together--enjoy the process as it unfolds. all the best.

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HIKESHAPPY 8/12/2012 8:43PM

    Awesome! Congrats on the new bike (!) and congrats on the break-through you had. Thank you for sharing. You know, I'm working on the lesson you shared, but I feel like I've had so many knock-downs in my life lately, that I'm getting too weary to get up. I feel like a failure. But just as you realize not to beat yourself up (look at you go!!!), I have to not add onto myself another beating on top of what the world is giving me and instead, pick myself up, focus on ME and doing what I know/need/want to do, and head toward that victory line!

Again, thank you for sharing..:-)

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MINILOVER1 8/12/2012 7:36PM

    Thank you for a very eye opening blog. emoticon

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IMSUNSHINE 8/12/2012 8:17AM

    HAVE to have confidence!! Proud of you for biking period!!! :) emoticon

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EBURGITE 8/12/2012 7:57AM

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great insights!

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SUNNYLIFE72 8/12/2012 7:31AM

  Good for you!!

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NEWCHINELO 8/11/2012 7:44PM

    way to go man!

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WANNABFIT34 8/11/2012 1:33AM

    You will be an Ironman!! Keep kicking butt, I saw first had the passion you speak with when you talk about it, you're so right you will fail at times. I have failed this year by not doing the half distance but I know it is the right decision to keep myself motivated for doing tri's. You are a true inspiration my friend!

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MAMA_CD 8/10/2012 7:43PM

    Keep it up, you're headed in the right direction and thanks to your rescue crew;)

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IN102WIN 8/10/2012 5:49PM

    Very true, thanks, fail 7 times, get back up 8!!

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MAMADELULU 8/10/2012 3:55PM

    A very eloquent perspective and totally on the money! Thank you!

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THESONSANGEL 8/10/2012 3:38PM

  Wow, you are so right. In life, God asks us to keep trying and never give up!!! Way to go!!!
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BECCA315 8/10/2012 2:35PM

    You're so right when you say: Our self image gets so tied up in making sure that absolutely nothing goes wrong in the thing we are trying to do because a perceived failure would be more than we can bear. So we stand back and do nothing.

We always tell our kids they won't know if they can achieve something if they never try, yet we don't stick to the same advice ourselves...

Becca

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BLUE_KARMA 8/10/2012 11:42AM

    Great blog - great attitude!
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LISAINMS 8/10/2012 10:36AM

    A great article about adjusting tire pressure.
http://www.bikequarter
ly.com/images/TireDrop.pdf
An easy to use calculator... just put in your tire width and weight.
https://docs.google.com/
spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiAk2_n1YD
EidFp6OWpxRHpGdGVXbHQzYy1pX3BMV
Gc&hl=en#gid=0

Sorry you had a flat on your first ride! I would take the wheel back to your LBS to let them check it for a rim spur or anything internal that might have caused the flat.Keep riding! The balance and handling gets better with the miles.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 8/10/2012 10:27AM

    Great blog! It doesn't matter how many times you fall - it's how many times you get back up right? :)

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FATTOFIT56 8/10/2012 9:35AM

    Thanks for a great blog! Your last paragraph ... To embrace failure is the foundation of success because it is one of the main ingredients. The moment we accept that and divorce our self image from this inevitable process, we win ... brought it home for me. Believe me when I tell you that I know what to do to lose this unwanted weight/fat but still I struggle to do so. As your message indicates, I need to find a way to put failure/success in proper perspective.
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ONE-HOT-MAMA1 8/10/2012 9:16AM

    i love this blog.i am so happy to have read it today. i needed that little push that i got from reading this. emoticon

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TPETRIE 8/10/2012 8:18AM

  Great blog, and so true. You will succeed. emoticon

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LOGOULD 8/10/2012 7:54AM

    emoticon You never cease to inspire me! ...and what great motivation to keep on working on hitting your weight goals, among all the others you are persuing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHIRE33 8/10/2012 7:49AM

    The limit is you, but it's you on the edge of being less you! It's all good from here on out. : )


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LABRATIAM 8/10/2012 7:27AM

    emoticon very nice blog!

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    An incredible blog post!!! Bravo!!!!!

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    Inspiring! GOod for you! emoticon emoticon

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ROB704 8/9/2012 6:12PM

    Needed to hear that today. Thank you. Really.

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223DAISY 8/9/2012 5:32PM

    Get back on and ride away! emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 8/9/2012 4:29PM

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ok, here's a new one to start over and try again!

best wishes and good luck to you.

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PIXIEMOM13 8/9/2012 4:10PM

    i'd be willing to lay down $$ that you will use this experience to fuel and drive your efforts and before long you won't be the limit on what your bike can handle.



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JUSTCHELLE75 8/9/2012 2:29PM

    Love this. You do have to be willing to fail and put it all out there

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LAVENDERLILY 8/9/2012 1:14PM

    emoticon My mother always said, "If at first you don't succeed, try and try again." Like many cliches, there is a lot of good advice there. Congratulations on your positive attitude. My back is aching, but I am headed upstairs to get on the stationary bike and treadmill anyway. Hopefully, I will feel better when I come back downstairs. Blessings, Nadine

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