Our friends at Athlete’s In Action Cycling have put together a really great set of cycling specific devotions. I will be posting one a week for the next seven weeks, then will need some new content. I invite all of you to submit any thoughts, general concepts or full-blown devotions to me at [email protected] so that we can not only post them for all of our members to read and enjoy, but also to share with AiACycling as a way of saying thanks for this great work.
The first one is on Discipline and Perseverance. Since many of us are considered performance cyclists, these are concepts that we understand quite well in our sport, but what about the rest of our life?
Discipline and Perseverance: How to Gain Through Pain
by Dr. Carl Hofmann
“We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.”
— Romans 5:3-5
As a serious cyclist, you don’t need to be told about the value of discipline. You live it every day. You’re committed to a yearly program of base mileage, interval training, and periodization; you pay attention daily to your diet and rest; you incorporate strength training, stretching, and massage–you know that all of these make you faster on a bike. In order to ride stronger, you need careful discipline, especially in the long months before the racing season begins. Discipline builds your body’s musculature and cardiovascular system and prepares you to compete. Discipline is necessary in all areas of life.