5 Leadership Lessons From a 100 Mile Bike Ride

Leading with Trust

Bike RidersYesterday I completed my first “century” (100 miles) bike ride…101.38 miles to be exact, but who’s counting? I took up cycling as a casual hobby a couple of years back, riding 10-30 miles at a time. Wanting to ride faster and farther, I purchased my first road bike 7 months ago and decided to set a goal for myself: complete a century ride sometime in the next year. Throughout the process of achieving my goal of completing a century ride, there were a few leadership lessons that emerged that may be helpful to you in your ongoing leadership journey.

1. You have to put in the training – In January I joined a training group sponsored by my local Trek bicycle store. Over the last 14 weeks we’ve completed a series of training rides over progressively more difficult terrain and distances, all working toward the goal of completing a century…

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Thank you to all military families for sharing your loved ones with us (the rest of the world ). They died so we could live. So give thanks to them that gave everything for us. 

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Memorial Day

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This article is about a holiday in the United States. For other uses, see Memorial Day (disambiguation).

“Decoration Day” redirects here. For other uses, see Decoration Day (disambiguation).

Memorial Day

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The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are decorated by U.S. flags on Memorial Day weekend.

Official name Memorial Day

Observed by United States

Type National

Observances Remembrance of American war dead

Date Last Monday in May

2014 date May 26

2015 date May 25

2016 date May 30

2017 date May 29

Frequency annual

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May,[2] originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.[3] By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.[1] It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like “dinner on the ground,” the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.[4]
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.[5]

Civil War Veterans in Ortonville, Minnesota, on the Fourth of July, 1880—also called “Decoration Day” prior to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act almost a century later.

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The Return of Peter The Great?

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Rumours of the career demise of one of the most powerful riders in the pro peloton proved to be unfounded last week as Peter Sagan finally managed to break an interminable sequence of near-misses and fashion a couple of incredible just-wins instead. With margins that would be more at home in sprint racing on the track rather than multiple-stage road races, the increasingly tousled-haired Slovakian won the Tenth edition of the Tour of California with a heart-stopping show of verve, willpower and sheer bloody-midedness that should quieten his critics for some time. It might even quieten his current fiercest critic – his employer Oleg Tinkoff – for a couple of days.

Lying in second place at the beginning of Stage 4, 1:06 back from young race leader Toms Skujijns of Hincapie Racing, Sagan surged to a win with a couple of moves that showcased his outstanding bike handling talents. On-board…

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What does it really mean to age as an athlete?

We Run and Ride

Fluorescent ChrisIt’s an interesting problem trying to figure out what to expect (or not expect) as you age as an athlete.

See, the idea of aging is both a reality and a mindset. We have no control over the fact that we grow older in years. Yet we can combat how those years affect us through exercise, strength work and healthy eating. So to answer the question “What does it really mean to age as an athlete?” one must consider this duality. .

Measuring how you age

The first component is the reality that aging does have profound effects on our bodies and minds. The physiology of the body begins to decline after an athletic peak at around age 26. By age 40 a trained athlete can still perform at levels similar to that of younger competitors, but age eventually eclipses performance capability past 40 for all but the most remarkable athletes. 

That means we…

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