Last year, I was experiencing that struggle with patience when I almost gave up my record attempt nearly halfway through the ride. At 140 miles, my average speed was below what I needed to break the current record, which meant I would have to actually increase my speed with another 150 miles to go. At that moment, I saw no way that could happen. But my crew chief, Brian Larson, reminded me, as I stood there feeling like a loser, that anything can happen. And it did. During that second half, over the next 150 miles, my average speed actually increased. It was another reminder of how I still needed to practice patience, even at 54 years old.
So here I am, exactly 5 months to the day after my hip replacement, and I still find the challenge of patience a struggle. There are days I get frustrated with my recovery, and I find myself needing to learn the discipline of patience all over again. And in this struggle, I am again reminded of what Brian said to me during that dark moment last August, as I stood there wanting to quit: Anything can happen.
Where is your struggle with patience?
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight