There was an interesting discussion started on the Deadgoat Racing forum after last weekends Beans ’n Barley cyclocross race on the subject of quitting that really struck a chord with me…

From Devin on the Deadgoat forum:

I haven’t posted a rant in a long time, so it is time for one again. I DON’T UNDERSTAND QUITTERS.

There are a number of people, especially in the elite ranks, that seem to quit the majority of races they enter. OK, there are times when there are valid reasons for a DNF – a mechanical, a bad crash, or sometimes a person is truly not feeling good enough to continue on. But, unless you have some serious bad luck, this should be few and far between. Every race is not not going to be your best race – treat it as a learning experience and use the race as training.

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