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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 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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TEDYBEAR2838 8/6/2012 8:31AM

    I love the last quote. I posted it on my page. LOVE IT!

Weight was probably an issue in the tire failure, but there
could have been a lot of other issues. Maybe tire pressure.
Check with the shop with that, because of the different
weights. Over inflation and the bump in the right along with
the weight could have been a contributing factor.

No matter the reason, YOUR mind is in the right ...

You Are A Winner!


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SUNRISE14 8/6/2012 7:55AM

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GAELENEC 8/6/2012 7:46AM

    Yes. You will be.

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LEANJEAN6 8/6/2012 7:26AM

    WooWoo!!! I can relate! I bought a 2 man Kayak and I am over the weight limit--- I never thought to check it out bebore I purchased it--Oh well--You are here to lose weight as I am---Your blog made me smile tho--- enjoyed it! Lynda emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 8/6/2012 7:18AM

    good for you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/6/2012 7:09AM

    LOVE this reminder. Confession: my weight flattened a fat-knobby mountain bike tire. They were kind about it at the bike shop, but I know that a "pinch flat" is usually because the rider (me) was too heavy. Despite inflating the tires before the ride.

It's so much better now, and it will get better as you continue your journey. You're a champion not because you fall. Because you fall and get back UP!

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    What a great attitude!
You are correct; we must be willing to fail to really be able to succeed.
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LIV2RIDE 8/6/2012 6:55AM

    You have come such a long way with the mental side of this journey. It's amazing how you can identify those old feelings but quickly turn it around. emoticon

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    Thats more like it, be upbeat about stuff. We all learn as we go forward on this journey.

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KBRADFORD88 8/6/2012 5:54AM

    Have you thought about contacting the manufactor. There may be something tire wise you can do. So excited for you. emoticon

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