My epiphany came last week when I was riding in a ravine near us. I had been riding merrily along, clipping and unclipping on the flats so that it would just be second nature when I needed to stop and unclip quickly. So far, so good I thought. Then I came to a hill.
As I was climbing the hill and gearing down, I realized that I couldn’t (yet) unclip while riding uphill. It made me nervous, especially since I had seen a really bad fall when someone on a previous year’s ride couldn’t unclip fast enough going up the last hill of the day. It was bad – so much so that he couldn’t complete the ride.
My ride is next month, and I have not been out training as much as I should. I know that; I let life get in the way. So I made the hard decision to take a step back. One step back. And for a very particular reason. I will feel more comfortable getting out riding right now, building my stamina.
So my point is, and I do have one, that sometimes you have to consciously step back. In business and in the rest of life, sometimes you have to make decisions that you don’t really want to in order to achieve the final goal. I wrestled with it for a few days. It felt like giving up. Then I realized that right now, not making that decision was actually holding me back. So I look at the choice as one that will move me much further ahead, just not right now.