"Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement." - C.S. Lewis
"Our best successes often come after our greatest dissapointments." - Henry Ward Beecher
"Reflect, learn, go again." - Ben Reyna
Every athlete, regardless of the sport (runner, triathlete, cyclist, adventure racer, or?) will, at some point in time, feel the frustration and disappointment that comes from a race that doesn't go as well as planned or hoped for. Sometimes it just feels "harder" than it should. Sometimes you struggle at a point in time where you didn't expect. And sometimes, the finish time is slower than what you felt you were capable of. What do they say about "best laid plans?" 🙂
As the C.S. Lewis quote above conveys, I truly believe that "failure" really IS one step on the path toward your ultimate potential. Though it can be hard to accept and embrace, the truth is, none of us can truly know success until we've "failed" many times.
In today's podcast, I look back on my own experience as coach and athlete to share some thoughts on how best to turn a "bad" race into a positive learning experience that moves you forward toward your ultimate potential and success!