Riding in a group is very different from riding on your own. There is a certain synchronicity to being in a pack and barreling along the highway towards the day’s destination. There is an elegance to the ride that I haven’t been able to accomplish.
In business, there is a dichotomy between function and form; the same holds true for cycling. Is the outcome the same? I think so, and here is why:
When riding, I tend to throw myself into that daily 100 km trip. My cadence is not the best and sometimes I feel as if I am speeding up and slowing down way too much. That is the form. On the other hand, I have so far been able to ride to the finish line on my own power each day, tired but satisfied. That is the function.
In business, how you accomplish the end result often doesn’t matter. What matters is that you made it to the meeting, or you got the job to the printer’s. How you did it in the background isn’t apparent. For most people, the “I don’t care how you do it, just get it done” adage holds true.
Why, then, would you worry about form? It should matter to you. If you are always scrambling to finish a job, you won’t feel as great a sense of accomplishment because you are always, figuratively, out of breath.
How will you change that? Planning, plain and simple. Now, I say that, but in my bicycle riding it just doesn’t seem to happen. This year I am late off the mark with training and riding. I will still (hopefully) get the job done, but not elegantly. Does it both me? You bet — every year. I live in hope. You should too. As long as you don’t give up and give in, there is still a chance to add some elegance to your ride.