Howard Cosell got it right: "The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give."
This quote fascinates me because of its searing truth. Too often athletes believe that if they try their hardest, that's enough. It's not. Trying your hardest does not always equate with "knowing you have done your best." We may have tried hard to rebound but was it our best effort?
Unfortunately, that distinction is lost with many athletes, young and old, students, CEOs, teachers and cycling couriers. It also explains why we fell to the Fraser Ramblers Friday 30 - 37. We had some great rebounding and defensive efforts. However, they weren't consistent and in order to defeat a talented team like Fraser you have to give your best on every offensive and defensive possession. The outlook was grim early as the Fillies were down 0-8. However, we stampeded our way back into the lead by the end of the first half 16-15. The second half was a competitive, physical game. We like that and responded well. Did we respond with our best effort every time? No, but that's the goal. We had our chances to bring Fraser down but couldn't do it. There's no shame in that. Friday's game was a great challenge we can use for the rest of our season. It will certainly help us improve as a team and get ready for Regina on January 7th at 4:00 in the Mustang Corral.