The latest Pedals 2 Medals tip is an interesting one….it is something that we would all do well to remember……”Enjoy your racing”.
It is not all about winning , it is about enjoying what you are doing and having fun, remember when you where a kid and you would just ride for fun with your mates….That is what its all about!!!
So have a little read of what Donny has to say.
Live From Japan
By Donny Robinson
As I sit here in Japan, reflecting on my experience of the last week, I felt that it would be appropriate to make it the topic of this week’s #WinningWednesdays. It may not resonate with you, but if it doesn’t, your priorities may be temporarily misaligned.
The past few weeks, we’ve focused on training schedules. And rightfully so; we’ve discussed time and again the need for planning and the work ethic it takes to see progress in your racing (or any aspect of your life). But what keeps us in the game? After years of devoting yourself to a goal and not achieving your ultimate result, how do we continue loving what we’re doing, while sacrificing so much?
I don’t often go on trips such as the one I’m currently on. As part of a 35th anniversary party for a distributor of SE Bikes, I am accompanied by BMX Freestyle stars such as Mat Hoffman, Taj Mihelich, Kris Fox, Kevin Peraza, Matt Priest, Chad Osburn and Hanson Little, just to name a few. The disciplines of BMX are eerily different. Though we’re all “athletes,” the main focus of racers is to race – and win. And to best do that, we must sleep, and eat healthy, and train on a daily basis. Really, as racers, we’re consumed by performance.
Freestylers, on the other hand, live a completely different lifestyle. You may have seen it on TV during their competitions – they seem overly excited when their “competitors” land a trick and they always wish each other good luck. Another difference is their apparent lack of interest in the competition aspect of their sport. Their main goal, always, is to have fun and help each other progress. They get up in the morning, yearning to ride – to find that new spot – to land that new trick. They may not need to adhere to such strict nutritional or sleep guidelines, but they’re also working toward a set of goals. Achievement always seems to happen through one thing – their amazing passion for their sport.
I have always wanted to gain the acceptance of BMX Freestylers. Those guys have a following that we, as racers, long for. But since we live in totally different worlds, I never really understood why we couldn’t coexist just a little bit more. I have, many times, felt Freestylers looked down on racers. I don’t believe that anymore because, this week, I tried to live BMX like they live BMX. Sometimes it takes trips like this to remind me.
BMX Freestylers love what they do. They love riding their bikes and they love being around others that love bikes too. I rode the dirt jump course with them this weekend and, though it took me a little time to perfect the lines, I ultimately achieved it and it left me with the biggest sense of satisfaction in a long time. I pushed myself in an area where I am not particularly comfortable and, because of that, I improved bike skills that will help me in racing. What’s more, the sense of satisfaction I had when they all huddled around me with excitement after I ran a full line was unbelievable. We were all out there doing what we loved, pushing each other through FUN to do some amazing things.
Racers get caught up in results. Kris Fox told me this week that “results is just a word.” An accomplished Freestyle rider now, you may remember Kris was part of the 2008 US Olympic BMX Trials right alongside me. He can do it all. But the way he, and others in his discipline, look at what they do, is what keeps them performing so well and being so passionate about their sport, even decades into it.
Many of us won’t see the results we long for before we burn out from all the work we have to put in. Please, be reminded, like I was, to find fun in your riding. Motivate your friends and rivals alike, because it might just motivate you too, and put things in a different perspective that’ll let you break through the barriers you face.
Remember why we all started in the first place.