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Prayers For The Peloton Beth A. Leasure

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Prayers for the Peloton

June Championship Qualities Few Enter In It’s Not About the Bike Our Heroes Goat Paths Audience of One Songs of Victory

Prayer for Self-Denial Prayer for Identity Prayer for Cycling’s Champions Prayer for Discipline Prayer for Total Release Performance Prayer for God’s Help

Championship Psychology Tenth Percentile Invincible Strength Journey & Journalists Sensual Cycling Bird’s Eye View Brutal Facts

Prayer for Victory Prayer for Love Motivation Prayer re: Intrinsic/Extrinsic Motivation Prayer for Situational Awareness Prayer for Ride Instinct Prayer for Realism

Championship Presence A Prince’s Robe Balance Point The Zone Cloak & Dagger For Such a Time Polished Diamonds

Prayer for Bike Poise Prayer for Self-Control Prayer for Intensity Prayer for Stealth Prayer for Influence Prayer for Refinement

Championship Emotions Attack, Counterattack At-Risk Tout est Possible Everything’s Possible Chasing the Wind All the Road’s a Stage Professional Courtesy


Prayer for Anger Management Prayer for Emotional Health Prayer re: Aggressiveness Prayer re: Envy Prayer re: Drama Prayer for Competitive Respect

Prayers for the Peloton

Week: Championship Emotions


Professional Courtesy 58 "I overheard ---'s banter in the bunch. It was unnecessarily unpleasant, even brutal…I have the impression that ---'s success/failure is the product of a frothing, conceited rage...which can't come to a good end.” Prognostication of a rider’s prospects from a private race report

---’s end came through burn-out spent over many frustrating years in a downward spiral; but not before inflicting disrespectful abuse. This is known in psychology as projection – taking out something that creates anxiety in oneself upon others. Conversely, champions develop selfrespect and give respect to others. A contrasting story from racing 59 lore illustrates quintessential professional courtesy. Six young riders escaped in a road race and put considerable time into the chasing field. While discussing dangerous features of the course, two in the breakaway overlapped wheels sending one into a deep ditch. His fall was stopped by a projecting log which made a circular impression into his skin; its impact heard even by moto support. All assumed broken ribs so when it was announced that he’d summoned another bike, the breakaway acknowledged this with interest and kept rotating. After a space, again the motorcycle judge came up to the break with the message, the fallen rider had now caught the field. Then again, moto 1 announced the rider had attacked the field and was now 2 minutes off the front and 6 minutes behind them. Two riders from the break turned around, picked up the fallen rider and worked together while the break sat up. After all original breakaway riders were reassembled and fueled, this lead group resumed racing. Two riders from the break attacked the break to take 1-2 while the fallen rider outsprinted what remained of the break for 3rd. Remarkable. Every rider in the break went on to pro contracts and national caliber wins. Championship emotions and presence were already forming in a local race among developing riders who respected each other’s abilities.

Prayer for Competitive Respect 59

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31

We are grateful for the Golden Rule, a love motivation that gives the same respect we’d want. We recognize the extraordinary example above is not always appropriate strategy in a competitive situation. We ask for a spirit of respect that is always appropriate. Ponder How would I feel if given this kind of courtesy? Affirm I can receive it because I give it. Watch the principle of honors coming while being honorable.


Professional Courtesy  

Excerpt from "Prayers for the Pelaton"

Professional Courtesy  

Excerpt from "Prayers for the Pelaton"