I was reminded recently by a friend of mine, Alexandra, that we have to ‘do our best and let go of the rest’.  She also wrote that ‘When you know in your heart you did the best you had in you today, whatever that looks like… let go of the rest. Let go of your expectations, and the expectations of those around you!’

Her words of wisdom came at the perfect time.  It was just after I had won my second silver medal at the recent World Para Road Championships.  What should have been very proud moments left me questioning my expectations and those of others who have relied on me to bring home the goods over the last 6 years.

I had done everything, left no stone unturned, heading into my races.  I knew what I was up against and what to do.  In the Time Trial with a rider who had crashed, I was forced to slow down by road marshals and then was in the wrong gear for the climb just past it and my brain just didn’t respond to change that fact. In the end I was beaten, emphatically, by the better rider on the day,  In the Road Race I followed my plan perfectly, I was able to get away from my competitors on the second lap climbing up the hill but it wasn’t enough as Jill Walsh incredibly bridged the gap and got back on my wheels. To her credit that was amazing!  It came down to the sprint which was on cobblestones and she was able to get past me just before the corner and I just couldn’t sprint past her at the finish.

I’m proud of how I raced but my expectations exceeded how I placed, so that is why Alexandra’s words came at the perfect time.  I had to ‘let go of the rest’ because I had done my best.

I am now looking forward to getting to Baie Comeau, Canada where I will get the chance to race again.  This time round I don’t go into it with any expectations except those of racing and doing my best!  It is true that sometimes you can teach an old dog new tricks!!

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12 Comments

  1. HP 07/08/2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    You did your best – I know and I’m very proud to say – look at Carol, she did silver in RR and i have cheered her at the course live 😉 take care and till soon in Canada – looking forward and a big hug

    • CarolC 07/08/2018 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      I love hugs and look forward to one of yours!! Thanks HP!

  2. Stuart 07/08/2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you…timely reminder for myself as well

    • CarolC 08/08/2018 at 5:01 am - Reply

      You are more than welcome, your journey has just begun!!

  3. Karrin Elizabeth 07/08/2018 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    You will ALWAYS be simply amazing in my books, my dear cousin……no matter how you place, because I know you….I have known you your whole life……and you have NEVER been the half assed effort type of girl! Never! Giving 110% is your MO. I love you!

    • CarolC 08/08/2018 at 5:07 am - Reply

      Thank you my dear cousin! I look forward to seeing you soon. xxxx

  4. Lyn Stacker 07/08/2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Hey Carol, such sage advice to all of us. Remember the journey. You are a champion as a person & an athlete. You do yourself & everyone else proud every minute of every day. Good luck with your next events.
    Cheers Lyn

    • CarolC 08/08/2018 at 5:07 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Lyn, it is the journey and not the destination that is important!

  5. Jenny Bacon 08/08/2018 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Hi Carol- I so look forward to hearing from you and so excited by everything you are achieving in your life. I too tell all my family and friends about you and your wonderful life. I am so proud of you and inspired by you. Instead of thinking about taking on bigger challenges now, I’m doing it. Thank you.
    Keep having a wonderful time overseas. Wishing you a splendid time and great fun racing.

    • CarolC 08/08/2018 at 5:09 am - Reply

      Jenny, I am so glad that you are taking on challenges. Life gets boring if we don’t try new things. Success is about challenging ourselves!

  6. chika 16/09/2018 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks carol. your blog and writeups are awesome.Am enjoying myself reading your posts. hope you get your reply soon

    • CarolC 12/10/2018 at 1:48 am - Reply

      Thank you!

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