Before you achieve, you must believe. Is this really the case?March 23rd, 2020 by paulhart
Matthew Hayman is my Monday Motivation.
Paris Roubaix 2016 is one of my favourite races and certainly inspires me.
Most of us cannot relate to Tom Boonen. That guy who was just born to win races. But we can all relate to Matthew Hayman. The underdog. The guy who is expected to just make up the numbers, the guy who tries hard. There is always someone faster isn’t there.
Hayman broke his arm at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 5 weeks before Roubaix. His classics season over. He continued to train on the turbo not even knowing if he was going to be selected by the team to ride Roubaix.
Not only did he win the most prestigious one day classic in the world, he did it racing against the best, shoulder to shoulder, and beat them. You can tell from his reaction after the race he never totally believed he could win that race. Sure he dreamt of it and he never gave up on his dream, but he was in complete disbelief after the win. This was Matthew Haymans 15th Roubaix!
People say to achieve, you must believe. In my opinion, the famous saying is harsh. I don’t believe it’s possible to wholeheartedly believe in yourself when you always get beaten. Its ok to doubt yourself, in fact its human nature.
The best you can do is dream, and never give up on that dream. It worked for Matthew Hayman. ❤