Yesterday, we went to the Cornwall Speedway to watch some friends race. These are just regular drivers who decided to give their old, scrap cars a fresh coat of paint and a last chance at glory.
There were 55 cars entered in the race and it quickly became quite clear that the name of the game is survival, not speed.
They were meant to get around the track 55 times and I would say that by about lap 25, fewer than half of the cars were still running. There were car parts strewn all around the track as the racers lose bumpers and tires and when the race has to come to a stop because of a bad collision, those destroyed cars remain on the track and become obstacles. They are racing on mud so it is a fairly slow paced and all about skill.
As you can see several cars end up stuck on the track. In fact, one of the cars got so badly stuck on the welcome lap that he couldn’t race at all. He blew his engine and tires just trying to get out of the mud.
I was particularly impressed with the cars that managed to survive the mayhem and limp across the finish line. And it got me thinking. I recently overheard two trainers discussing their frustration at not being able to help clients who “have so many issues.”
It can be quite challenging to help someone lose weight when they are riddled with old injuries and arthritis for example. I am currently in a similar situation and have thought about giving up a few times because I feel as though I am not being effective however the client is game to keep going and that is really all that matters.
It is easy to throw in the towel and walk away from challenges but really the mission is to complete the race, gracefully and on our own terms. And a fresh coat of paint goes a long way!
Have a great day and see you soon.