A Photo of My Race Bike!
Why is it that we sometimes struggle to find time to do the things we most love? In my case, that something is cycling, and the challenge has always been that, unlike running, going for a bike ride takes some preparation. You have to make sure your bike is in good shape–tires pumped, chain lubed–fill your water bottles, change into your cycling gear, have a snack and bring food to eat on the ride. In short, it’s very easy to justify not going for a ride when the day is long and stressful and the alternative is reading or lounging at home. But once I get out on the road, well, everything changes: there is something magical about propelling myself forward at 15 – 30 miles per hour just with the power in my legs, the air in my lungs and the blood in my veins.
Fortunately, one of my employees, Jake, is a former semi-professional bike racer, and we’ve begun training together. What’s interesting is that the behavioral psychology of having someone with whom to train is very powerful: i’m far less likely to bail on a ride with someone else than I am to decide not to do a ride by myself. This makes me wonder about how else we can use these principles to improve the effectiveness of Capital Good Fund’s products and services, but it also makes me excited to finally make time in my life to do something that brings me so much joy!