I’m just getting back into cycling after many years being off the bike. In my past life, I was an avid cyclist, and I biked through the South of France, exploring the French Riviera and Provence. And as a Ph.D. student right through my early career years, my old clunker of a bike was my sole means of transportation – I rode up to two hours a day to and from work.
About seven years ago, my husband bought me a beautiful road bike for my 50th birthday. It had skinny tires, curly handlebars and clipless pedals. I loved it, and got back into cycling for the next two years.
But then – you know what’s coming – I got busy. Work and life got in the way, plus DC summers were way too hot and humid to do any productive cycling. So for my 55th birthday, I got a used Peloton bike, which continues to sit directly in front of my desk collecting dust.
Why? Shortly after I got the bike, I was diagnosed with osteopenia, which subsequently devolved to osteoporosis. I needed to build bone mass, and cycling won’t accomplish that. So I swapped it out for weight-bearing exercise like pole walking, dancing and vinyasa yoga.
Last month, I dusted off my bike and joined two cycling groups. And, like every “weekend warrior” athlete, I totally underestimated my current cycling level while cycling with a group on an evening ride along the Potomac River, Mount Vernon trail and through Georgetown.
Here’s what I learned:
And here’s the most important thing about cycling with a diverse and inclusive group: NO ONE GETS DROPPED. NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND.
I never once felt like one of those ducklings I recently told you about in my 6/02 email story and video clip, who got left behind.
I was made to feel included, even though:
I showed up unprepared for the group ride…
My cycling technique needed improvement…
I felt stressed and anxious...
As the tortoise at the back of the pack, I was grateful to be swept by the sweeper:
I’m sharing this story with you today because as we transition to live events, we don’t want to leave an entire virtual audience – that has enjoyed the accessibility, sustainability, affordability and convenience of virtual meeting -- behind.
It’s time for us to channel our ‘inner sweepers’, to make everyone feel included and engaged. Virtual meetings are:
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