“Drafting” and my career path

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

It was an especially hot and overcast summer day for a 25-mile bike ride. During a water break, a more experienced cycling friend asked me, “Have you ever heard of drafting?”

I replied that I’d heard of it in connection with drawing up architectural plans, but never in relation to cycling. So he explained to me that drafting is a technique where cyclists will tuck in behind the back wheel of the rider ahead of them. He went on to say that drafting enables a pack of riders to travel for longer distances at faster speeds because they face less wind resistance.

Well, it was one thing to visualize the vortices and air pressure that made drafting possible, but another to actually trust someone enough to ride that close behind! At that point, I wanted to draft when we got on the road again, but had to move beyond my fears. What if someone bailed off their bike or had to hit the brakes suddenly? How would I know when to shift for an uphill climb? What if there was a pothole or I got a flat because I couldn’t see the pavement ahead of me?

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