When it comes to competing in speed events, a lot of us have heard the adage, “You can be a trainer or you can be a jockey.” I recently heard a different take on this, and it really clicked: You can be the mechanic or you can be the race car driver — but you can’t be both.
Raising a child who is both a good loser and a good winner is hard. Teaching perseverance, determination and good sportsmanship is nuanced and difficult. The conclusion I’ve come to? Don’t be afraid to let your child lose. (more…)
“We expect to ride and look how we do when we are training. However, the reality of what happens when we ride in competition is often much different than we expect.”