This is my bike just before going into the shop. You can’t tell parked where it is, but the back tire had just blown. Fortunately for me, my ride had taken me out of the country and into town near my wife’s office.
At the end of the warm riding season last year, I had decided to ride through the winter. I went and bought some cold weather gear and kept that commitment. Just as the weather was getting warmer, I noticed several things that needed attention – tires and one of the shifters needed replacing. I kept riding.
On the day this photo was taken, I had ridden through the country into town. I normally don’t go into town. I was headed back out of town to take the country route back to my house when I heard it – the air rushing out of the back tire. Now I had to get to the shop.
How many leaders have treated their own care like I did my bike – waiting until something makes them stop and check in for a tune-up?
Don’t let this happen to your leadership ride. Take care of yourself. Do it regularly. Determine how you best do this and schedule this regular maintenance just as you schedule other areas of your work.