2 wheels. Blue sky. Fresh air.

There are few hobbies as “relaxing” as cycling. It’s a blessing to live in Colorado and ride in some of the most beautiful terrain in the country. Riding in the foothills of the Rockies is a spiritual journey that teaches you one life lesson after another.

Today’s lesson? Ride into the wind first!

Before each ride I have a pre-planned route in mind. However, when I get outside, the first thing I do is check the direction of the wind. Whichever direction it is blowing from is the direction I ride towards. Yes, I like to start my rides pedaling right into the teeth of a stiff wind.

It’s going to be a grind. It’s going to be difficult. Quite frankly, it’s going to suck. But, here’s why I do it.

It makes the 2nd half of my ride a breeze (pun intended). I know that when I turn around, I am going to crush it and get home in half the time. Cruising with the wind at my back makes all the grinding and cursing worth it.

So, here’s my advice to you.

If you want to grow personally and professionally, do the hard stuff first. Ride into the wind.

Start your day, your week, your career by doing the hard stuff first.

Have a difficult call you have to make? Do it first-thing in the morning.

Have a difficult project you have to get done this week? Get it done on Monday.

Have an extremely audacious career goal? Spend the first-half of the journey pedaling your butt off.

If you put the hard work in early, you will cruise through the 2nd half of your days, your weeks, and your career getting more done in half the time.

There are no secrets or silver bullets when it comes to achieving massive success. There is one route that has stood the test of time…hard work. So, get out there today and ride into the wind!


Wheels up!