Saturday, July 26, 2008

Young Jedi, "IF" you are thinking about the 24 @ 9 Mile read, then reread, and then carefully contemplate Kipling's poem below, then ACT!!!!!!

"If" by R. Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;

If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, and stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, and lose, and start again at your beginnings and never breath a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

And young Jedi, you are ready for the 24 hours @ 9 Mile!!!!!!!!!!!

Feeding the Rat: Tomorrow is the classic Spirit Mountain race...I am pumped to take on the challenge, but my heart yearns for another, the one that lies waiting near Wausau...Kudos to Scotty K-J and crew for putting in hours upon hours of labor to make this year's course a "true" test for all those fancy pants FSRs....


  1. Charlie, some last minute best wishes to you at the 24/9!!
    Go get 'em tiger!

  2. Your steady, persistent pacing appears to have paid off at 24-9. From what I can tell, CPF was 11th at the Nation 24 Hour MTB Championships.