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Managing failure

Updated: Feb 21, 2019


Managing failure

There was a BBC News item recently about Bradley Wiggins, the winner of Le Tour de France in 2012 and cycling Olympic gold medal winner. In the BBC piece Wiggins explained how hard it was for him during the two-years following his victory in the 2012 tour.

Following that 2012 victory Wiggins had to release his leadership of the Tour de France team to Chris Froome (the triple Tour de France winner, who also helped Wiggins to win in 2012, before he took over from the yellow jersey winner).

Wiggins of course recently won another gold medal in the velodrome at the Rio Summer Olympic Games. During these games we also saw other unexpected results, such as the New Zealand male rugby 7s team bowing out of the tournament much sooner than expected, as well as a series of injuries and missteps (including Great Britain’s Louis Smith coming off his pommel horse during the male team gymnastics contest).

So how do you successfully rebound after such failure (even if you are not a olympic athlete)?

Obviously such matters have little direct meaning for those of us who exercise out of competition and who do so to improve our health and fitness.

However, it is also the case that I have met many people who feel that they are failing to be as fit as they can be during the course of their training, and that also focus almost exclusively on their ultimate fitness goal and measure their apparent success against this long-term target.