The Grand Canyon looks very different in person than it does on a map. Like the Grand
Canyon, there are some things that just have to be experienced firsthand vs reading a report or a survey to really accelerate learning. This year I started riding dirt bikes, and with my pro mountain biking background, I got hooked instantly. As soon as I found my ‘flow’ on the trails I wanted to start racing. But unlike mountain bike racing, there are many questions and much more complexity in the type of dirt bike racing that I wanted to do in the GNCC (Grand National Cross Country), Enduro, and Hare Scramble categories. These are 1.5 to 3 hour races in the woods. Not a big deal right? But how do you prepare for a race when you can’t pre-ride the course to really know what to expect in a very dangerous sport? Rather than train for months, I did the unthinkable and entered my first race last week after only having about 15 hours of ride time under my belt. Long story short, it was a great decision and a HUGE confidence booster.
I set some rules for myself before starting:
- Don’t get in over my head during the ride and sustain an injury
- Have fun
- Get faster each lap (negative splits)
- Focus on form, not on speed
- It’s okay if the outcome of my first race is deciding that I don’t like dirt bike racing
In your business, what are some of the growth strategies that you are considering?
- How can you accelerate learning to vet or test ideas?
- What boundaries or rules can you artificially create for safety?
- What planning cadence do you have in place for real time feedback?
- What would a ‘win’ look like?
Back to the racing – I placed 5th, had negative splits, and my last lap time put me in the top three in my category. Nice! But what I learned was that my weak point was descending down steep hills and shifting gears while standing up. There is no way I could have predicted this as my top two things to focus on during my training rides. Looking at the topography map and the race start, I thought hill climbing was the focus. I had to experience the race firsthand in order to improve in the next one. The overall outcome was Read more