Three Good Cyclists

Three good cyclists will always beat one great cyclist to the top of the hill.

    Going up that hill alone is hard. The entire time you have the wind at your face, pushing you back. You have no rest time. The only thing you can rely on is your legs and they are starting to burn.

     A group of three can take turns at the front. Sometimes, they are pushing against the wind and sometimes they can tuck in behind another rider’s wheel, saving up to 30% of their energy.

The front rider provides protection as the others can ride in the draft. When that rider gets tired, they can switch out and use someone else’s momentum. It’s extremely rare for the winner of a Tour de France stage to be at the front the entire time. They’re usually protected by their team until it’s time for them to push on at the end.

     Don’t try to go alone yourself…

     If you want to be successful, then you need a team. You sometimes need to be at the front pulling the team along and sometimes you can ride in the draft. There is a reason that places like GET Fit will have at least 60% of their members attend a class on any given day. People know that when they aren’t quite feeling it, the rest of their team will help pull them along. Compare that to an industry-wide 18% regular attendance.

      You need to find a team — a coach and some friends with the same mindset as you. The friends may be different from the ones you currently have. They may not be on the same chapter as you are. You may need to find your new tribe. When you find them, things get easier, the road ahead comes into focus. You still have to work hard. Your goal is still for you to get to the top of the hill. The tribe will pull you on the days you’re not feeling strong and on the days that you are, you’ll pull others along with you too.

     Don’t try to go it alone, the view at the top is always best shared.

2019 Smuttynose Half Marathon
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