Wednesday, March 19, 2008

sometimes you just have to coast

a number of years ago, my dear friend Teresa Callen, shared some sage advice with me. as two small businesswomen, we were talking about the demands of the business cycle and the need to always be pushing forward or risk falling back. now Teresa has been in business for herself a long time. she's seen ups and downs and in-betweens. and she told me that even though it feels like you're always working hard, sometimes you just have to coast.

how fitting, given I work in the bike industry, no?

I think about that analogy often.

there are times in life when we have to pedal hard and we're huffing and puffing and sweating to make it up that hill.

there are times when we let the group pull us along.

there are times when we get to enjoy a nice tailwind on our own.

and there are times when we can just coast.

the past two months have been trying for me. I've been sick and feel that I've lost fitness. I feel this has compromised my ability to do my job. we've suffered great tragedy in the cycling community, which also made me question my career choice. and I've had some personal challenges to contend with as well.

but rather than stress about all of this, I'm trying to remember Teresa's advice: sometimes you just have to coast.

I'm allowing myself to mentally coast right now -- not to over-think life or love or career.

I hope you can allow yourself to coast when needed from time to time as well.

Lorri

9 comments:

marscat said...

when i'm not coasting, i like a wee push.

MoMoneyHoney said...

that is a nice analogy...

and by the way, 90% of my cycling friends have been hit with the flu! It's nasty this year... Feel better soon!

-Morgan

lauren said...

yes, very good analogy.

i'm coasting entirely too much lately.

Sweet Cheeks said...

Ah, yes, coasting. Lately, I'm all about the simplicity of flow, which is a lot like coasting. Even during those "hard climbs" your mind has to be detached enough to "coast". Stress and negative emotions are signs that it's time to coast. So, coast away!

CyclistRick said...

IMO we all need to coast some of the time. If we don't, we burn out. Enjoy some easy rollin' along.

Beth said...

good thing you don't ride fixed. otherwise you'd be over the handlebars with that move.

chatterbox said...

I was reading a book on power training and it says that the most successful road racers are coasting about 15% of the time in races...so maybe to be successful in life you have to coast about 15%. If you're always in the wind, you will blow! :) Of course, there are good times for attacks, too....

yellowbug said...

I know Teresa too!

gwadzilla said...

I like coasting