While riding in the MS150 a group of about ten passed me. They were riding just slightly above my pace and as the last person in line passed me, he said “Feel free to hop on.” It looked fun, the bright colored cycling jerseys wheel to wheel zipping down the road. Unfortunately this was not part of my training plan for the day. I needed to prepare for IMF and drafting is not allowed, this would not help me, no matter how much fun it was.
Around mile 65 I met up with Maurice and he enthusiastically shared with me that he had rode in a peloton and had a fantastic time. His pace line had hammered out some speedy miles and they all took turns pulling up front. His MS150 ride was completely different than mine because we had different objectives. Sometimes I have to remind myself of this. His objectives are different than mine. He isn’t training for an ironman and his bike skills are significantly stronger than mine. We are different. I’d say that out of the 100 mile course we probably rode 10-15 together. Maurice is a much faster cyclist and when he dropped me I was a little disappointed. It would have been nice to have some company on this long ride. The truth is, it would have aggravated him to ride with me and I would have been stressed trying to keep up. What works for me doesn’t work for him. It’s like that in other areas of life too. What works for me doesn’t necessarily work for you. On the other hand, what has made you successful may not work for me. The key is to know yourself and your goals. Time spent reflecting and planning allows you to make decisions immediately. That pack of riders wasn’t a temptation to me because I had determined ahead of time what my goal was for the day. Knowing yourself and your goals allows you to direct your course. Where are you headed?