I hope this blog finds you all well. It's been a while since I've done one of these, but I am back and will be bringing you a "Tip of the Month," blog for vurboffroad. As most of you know, I crashed back in the beginning of June at the second round of Endurocross. Since then, the healing has gone great and I should be back on the bike in about four weeks.
Being injured is not a fun thing, but it is inevitable to the sport we love and take part in. It's all apart of the game. Injuries will happen. When I found out that this injury would take me out of contention for the X Games Endurocross race, I was honestly heart broken and depressed. This whole year has been solely focused on winning that Gold medal and when you find out you can't race due to injury, all the work put into this year makes it feel like it was in vain...at least in that present moment.
"Everything happens for a reason" and "Gods in control," are the things people remind you of to keep you positive and looking forward. The words are appreciated at that time of course, but not completely understood. They're frustrating words to hear sometimes, because sometimes you just want someone or something to blame for whatever misfortune that's taking place in the present moment. But when the clouds give way, the sun will always shine. Gods thoughts are higher than our thoughts, His ways are higher than our ways. It's not until time plays its part that you see everything will be ok and life does go on. Being injured has turned out to be more of a blessing than it was a curse. It's time to reflect and examine the motives of why you wake up and breathe day to day, why do you love and have such an ever-consuming passion for this sport that picks you up just fast enough to drop you back to the ground.
My answer is short, sweet and to the point. I get so caught up in a train-train-train mentality that I miss some of the smallest but coolest blessings that take place everyday. Also being off the bike is a reminder of why it is I love to ride and love to compete against other riders on the track. It's the beauty of simplicity that brings me back to the basics of the smallest things that put a smile on my face, that some how fades and finds itself taking a back seat to my train-train-train mentality. Things like cherishing my wife, playing with my dogs, helping my neighbor fix his tractor, instructing kids on becoming better riders and followers of Jesus Christ. To me these are the greatest things life has to offer that get over looked when all you do is live and breathe riding. Now don't get me wrong, I live and breathe riding to the highest level, but the balance of knowing life beyond racing is just as, if not better than winning. So without the injury I would have carried on in my ignorant ways missing all these amazing opportunities and blessings. The clouds were solid for a little while, but the sun came back out and all that I mentioned previously is a bright light that has put a smile on my face.
So whatever your hardship is that's taking place (injury, lost of a loved one, financial problems so on and so forth) remember that the sun will shine with time and things will get better.
God bless you all,