Nebraska :Ground:

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm-

It is extremely difficult to discuss failure, especially for someone like myself.

Take a look around this morning – A lot of folks like to boast about their weekend triumphs. Raising my hand, I fully admit that I more comfortable talking about where I excel, rather than identifying any potential weaknesses I may have. Primarily – Navigation and attention to the provided cue sheets. Luckily these guys helped me out a bit:

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150+ miles on the harshest of open roads is relatively “easy“. Failure on the other hand, is a painful and powerful experience. It’s not easy getting lost around Waverly, Nebraska. Making the conscious decision to swallow my pride and limp back to the starting point – Off course. However, being open and accepting of the moment allowed me to build an even stronger foundation, for the next time out – Omaha Jackrabbit!

Daily Meditation:

In the moment, it may not seem like it, although each time we encounter a setback during a ride or “whatever” in life  We are that much closer to doing it right the next go around.

I would like to thank my friend Scott for sharing his inspiring photos from Saturday – Thank You! For more pics of the Gravel Worlds, please click HERE.

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16 Comments on “Nebraska :Ground:”

  1. Thanks for sharing! And stopping by
    I appreciated your post.

  2. I love your pictures! I lived nearby in Iowa and never appreciated the beauty and simplicity of it not being “easy getting lost”. Now, years later, I live in a desert area and return to Midwest filled with awe over the green, endless miles of dirt roads. I hope you thoroughly enjoy every mile.

    • CultFit says:

      … In the past I would have been terribly upset over getting lost during an event. Frustrated at not being in the hunt to “win” and “compete” for whatever, and you know what? I missed so much in life bitching and moaning, head down simply being pissed off at myself. Now?!? I really enjoy getting lost out here, in such an inspiring and beautiful part of the country. 🙂
      Thank you for your continued support and also for your kind and thoughtful words, they truly mean a lot to me – Be well this morning!

  3. Maia says:

    Haha… saw your photo! You were smiling… that’s what matters.

    Funny how someone told me he’d help me navigate and not get lost… touché! 😉

  4. Rose says:

    I just want you to know that I don’t bike…I don’t even exercise. I do, however, find inspiration in your words. You are reaching people you probably didn’t even realize.

    • CultFit says:

      I am genuinely moved this morning with your kind thoughts …Quite literally, I don’t know what to type, what to say, how to feel right now. Blogging and sharing stories with my thoughtful and passionate readers has allowed me to explore and find my true self, my true purpose in this thing called life, and I am deeply honored you are along for the ride. May your heart and spirit be filled with warmth and happiness today, tomorrow, everyday … Take care my friend 🙂

  5. In the Stillness of Willow Hill says:

    You rode your horse 150+ miles? My horse looked at me funny this weekend when I simply asked him to gallop along a beach before nap time. LOL.

    • CultFit says:

      I wish I had a horse! Seriously! You would absolutely love it here on the open prairie, every direction you look there are pastures with horses running about, hanging out, and generally having a pretty darn good time watching a bunch of crazy cyclist rolling on past them 🙂

      • In the Stillness of Willow Hill says:

        Oooooohhhhhhh! Bicycles. My husband and I take our bikes when we go camping. Pretty hilarious seeing this aging couple take on the twists and turns of steep mountain trails. Long distance biking…..never!

  6. Sandra says:

    What a great post. I wish I’d been around to help you find your way 🙂 I’ve seen the instructions to these events. They can be very confusing, going on for pages and pages. At least it wasn’t 100 degrees (or so I hear).

    We had a glorious time in the wilderness the past 9 days or so. Wow. I am SO looking forward to finding time to post about it.

    Be well. . . and I’m glad we didn’t get lost in the BWCA. It would have been quite a different story, i’m afraid!

    • CultFit says:

      Mill Road and North 27th Street … The middle of nowhere! I knew how to get to Waverly and after that I rode straight across Lincoln back to Denton – Beautiful ride 🙂
      I look forward to hearing about your adventures, we have a club social coming up on the 30th if you guys are interested? Until then, please take care!

  7. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm”
    I love that quote. Makes me smile 🙂
    Sorry you had a rough day.

    • CultFit says:

      Pretty cool quote huh?!? 🙂
      I had a blast Saturday! Normally on these long rides I just put my head down and chug along, paying little attention to the world around me. I said “screw It”, I’m lost, lets have fun exploring back to the start. I have never cycled through Lincoln, NE before. Instead I choose to always cycle around it, in essence: Getting lost was a lot of fun. Having no battery left on my phone was another issue though …

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