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Personal lessons to learn from the Tour de France

I’ve always kept up on the Tour de France, mainly through ESPN and SportsCenter. So when I found myself bored, I turned on channel and found the Stage 1 excitement. I was addicted.

And one thing that stood out to me was just how much nuance I was missing from that round-up coverage. Watching the broadcasts live on Versus gave a much deeper vision of the intricacies on the tour.

The team dynamic was something that I just didn’t grasp through the overview coverage. But watching hours of cycling each day gives such a different perspective on the sport, the event and life.

Why? Well it’s quite interesting to see how individual cyclists must adapt each day. And I can’t help but think how the practices that individuals adapt will

As great as teamwork is, sometimes you have to go it alone. Help is great — and you often need it — but the general classification is an individual race, and only one person can win. You have to be just as confident to go it alone as you are to go in a pack.

You must have a plan. Without one, you’ll never achieve your goal. Can you find short-term success without a plan? Maybe, if luck falls your way. But long-term success will be reached by those with a plan to get there. And you don’t want to rely on luck as your only stepping stool to success.

If you lend a helping hand, you’ll often receive one. It’s about networking. If you reach out and help someone who needs help, they’ll be much more inclined to reach out and help you just when you need it.

Winning isn’t the only thing. The general classification is the main way to achieve victory in the Tour de France. But there are other ways to gain notoriety — stage wins, mountain climbs, sprint points, team classification. You might have one main metric in mind in terms of defining success, but don’t forget there are other metrics you can use that might give you a sense of achievement.

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  1. August 31, 2012 at 8:34 am

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