This week’s tip is from 3 time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond.
“It doesn’t get easier, you just go faster”
Things never got easier for LeMond at the Tour. He finished on the podium twice before winning his first Tour. Then in 1987 he was nearly killed in a hunting accident. He made an incredible recovery and won the Tour twice more, in 89 and 90.
The Tour de France is a brutal event. The riders must navigate 2,000 miles over three weeks, climbing some of the steepest mountains of Europe. And every day the cyclists in the most talented peloton in the world are relentlessly attacking each other all the way to the finish line. Those that win the Tour are not only in great physical shape, they’ll mentally tough as nails.
LeMond’s advice is obviously applicable to any sport. To succeed you must continue working hard, you can’t work easy and hope to improve. Your opponent isn’t going to make it easier. The mountains of the Tour aren’t going to get any easier. And that’s why we love to watch. It’s hard, yet they do go amazingly fast.
Proverbs says “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.” Mere talk can also put you at the back of the peloton.