If You Can’t Be A Good Example, How About Being A Horrible Warning?

Posted: August 11, 2010 in It's All Important Stuff

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” – Albert Einstein

In the Triangle we all benefit from so many who are great examples of people who very positively impact the lives of others around them.  Ron Hamner has raised thousands and thousands of dollars to fight cancer and care for the victims.  At the same time, he has supported, cajoled and invigorated hundreds of people to stay healthy and active with cycling and running.  I have never seen Ron when he wasn’t smiling.  He has a way of “steering” me to do the right things without preaching or telling me what to do. Ron stands out as a GREAT example of a true humanitarian and leader.

Please thank Ron Hamner by supporting Tour de Femme on October 9th as a rider or contributor.  You can also check out Ron’s other great work at Grab My Wheel.

Multisport athletics such as: triathlon; cycling; running; have a tribal culture.  We all learn from each other.  We have great coaches and clinics and clubs and teams and such, but what really counts, our behavior, we learn from within our tribe.

Undoubtedly, a few people showed up for the Firecracker Ride on July 4th and didn’t register.  Let’s think about that… The Capital Cycling Club is a critical part of our community and each year hosts one of the best rides in the area for our benefit.  Not thanking them for their hard work doesn’t seem to make sense.

And another…there is always that guy, on every ride, dressed like a pro, who insists on riding on the center line, running stop lights and wreaking havoc with the pace.  The longer you have been in the sport and the better you are, the greater is your obligation to demonstrate to others how to behave.  Like it or not, less experienced athletes are going to mimic your behavior.

If you are that new guy on the group run, or swim, or ride, try to be choosy about whom you emulate.  There are lots of great examples, but perhaps, sadly, an equal number of horrible warnings.  Use your good sense and self-confidence to be good tribal citizens.

I highly encourage you to lead with positive examples.

Please leave us a comment and tell us about your “Good Example” of people we should follow.  If you have a “Horrible Warning”, please don’t use real names.

  1. Ron Hamner says:

    Thanks for the kind words Todd! You make a great point about the Firecracker ride. The CCC does a great job of putting on a quality event for a very good cause.

  2. Steffen says:

    Hey Todd,

    you are a great example yourself. Let’s just remember all the work and enthusiasm you put into Delta Triathlon, The Peleton Project, leading safe group rides…….


  3. it-salive says:

    I had a ‘horrible warning’ from a guy during the Bikefest in Hillsborough last week. Early on in the ride while we are all still bunched up we approached our first steep climb/hill. This guy was infront of me and constantly changed position from the middle of the road to the left and each time nearly catching my front wheel. The worst thing is…. while going up the hill and everybody was out of their seats pushing – he decided to reach down for his water bottel and take a drink! Ofcourse he lost all momentum and we all had to navigate around him. I stayed infront of him after that and never saw him again :o)

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