Everyone Needs a Home Team

During the winter months, there aren’t many opportunities to train outdoors on the bike. Whether it’s rain, cold or lack of daylight, it’s difficult to get outside and do interval training. Sure, some do and I tip my hat to those tough men and women I pass on the road. Hell, at times, I am one of them.

But for me, the lack of dependable options is why I started to do the weekly HIT classes with the folks from HIT Endurance Coaching.

In that room you get to see the personalities emerge more than you would training with them on the road. On the road, your attention is frayed. You are concentrating on the ride, car traffic, your fellow cyclists and probably a lot more things than you should.

When you’re inside, stacked up on trainers and surrounded by a half a dozen to a dozen cyclists, your attention is focused on the task at hand. Training. But it’s during the recovery minutes, you take notice of the people around you. You hear the jokesters, see the grimaces of pain, and feel the sense of purpose in the room. While the skill levels are as different as the reasons why their butts are on those saddles, it’s in the down time that camaraderie begins.

Last night during class, I took notice and I felt comfortable training with this group. Everyone pitches in to setup the trainers, blocks and towels. When the class is over, no one immediately heads for the doors. Nope. They help take everything down and steam clean the floors. Yep. Steam clean. I am telling you, these folks are invested in fostering a team environment and it’s by laughing, training and working together that it happens.

So whether it’s cheering you on during a max interval or cutting up while singing, “you better work bitch” everyone makes you feel right at home and to me, that matters. Because we don’t reach our goals alone.

“Everyone needs a home team: a go-to, show-up, middle-of-the-night, come-in-without-knocking tribe that gets us through when things fall apart. I believe in circling the wagons—gathering your people around you to tell you the truth when all the voices out there are shouting bad news. ” – Shauna Niequist


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I wasn’t asked to write this post.  They’re just a good group of dedicated athletes who work hard and enjoy training together. I thought that alone deserved a shout out.