Shot in the Dark: Victory
I’m not the first to observe that the 2009 season has been rough on the endurance blogging community. Jonna of Barbs, etc. continues to struggle with hoof issues. Elly of Living in a Zoo is working through behavioral troubles. Jacke, aka Endurance Granny, suffered a crash course in exertional rhabdomyolysis. I had to retire a promising mount, then was grounded by an unhappy riding incident. Tabata of My Friend Shah concluded that her horse has done his time. Nicole of Adventures on Arabee and Shana of Sinwaan are sitting out the season, albiet for happier reasons. I’ve probably missed someone…but I hope not!
This post is for all of you dealing with setbacks — horse related or otherwise. The quote comes from Jack Medina and Roy Vartabedian’s excellent book The Winning Edge: Fueling & Training the Body for Peak Performance. If you don’t own a copy, you should.
But in the striving, in the development of a will that goes down that deep, a man or woman learns a great lesson about life.
That somehow there can be more victory in striving like that than there is in victory itself.
And even beyond that I will predict that there can be defeat in victory if a person doesn’t learn this.
…You can’t tell me that there can’t be victory in defeat and that there can’t be defeat in victory depending on the attitude you have.
It isn’t where you are going that counts,
it’s the direction in which you are headed!
One of the great things about the sports world is that it can teach you to take frustration and come back out of it and go on to Victory.”
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