Newton’s First Law: Keep it moving

Today’s post is about inertia.

Physics lesson for today: An object in motion tends to stay in motion.

My brain is completely scrambled at the moment from weekend fun followed by a case of the Mondays. This week is shaping up to be crazy in preparation for BMX weekend. Media visits every day, contract signings, website and newsletter content. Great for me, but bad for you cause I guarantee my posts are going to be erratic. But not sporadic. I vow to keep writing no matter what, and it’s all because of the law of inertia. A blog in motion stays in motion.

The same is true for a lot of our athletes here. Before I came here, I may have made the comparison of training for an Olympics to attending college. Four years of dedication, hard work, stress, discipline. All for an elusive goal at the end that has meaning for the rest of your life. Yea, that all sounds great, but in reality, the two are nothing alike. You can get hurt in college. You can take time off. You can even fail, and life will go on. School remains an option. It’s never too late. Not the case with Olympic athletes.

Here at the OTC, there is no physical recreation outside of practice. That’s how you get hurt and your career ends. You don’t take time off to go backpacking or write or find yourself. That’s how you get out of shape and your career ends. Sometimes you take time off, and you never get it back. Sometimes it is too late, and you miss your shot and that’s it. How do you reconcile that with your training? How do you stay motivated and dedicate your entire life to something that can all be taken away in the blink of an eye? Years for something that will likely be decided in under a minute?

Some of it’s passion. Some is pride. But I’m starting to think that the key factor is inertia. Steady, dogged, omnipresent inertia. It’s almost like some of these guys have worked so hard and done this for so long that the Games is only path they see. And even when they can’t see it, it’s the only direction they can move in because they’ve done it for so long. That way even when they have fears or failures, they keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Because an object in motion tends to stay in motion.

There’s a deeper lesson about life for all of us in there, but I’m hoping you already caught it.


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