Stay At The Front
For those of you not in the know, there now exists a #MiniMusette. More often than not, I find myself drawing on my small puddle of cycling knowledge to guide myself through the trials of parenthood. More often than not, it works (sort of). For those of you who think 'pffft... like I care' - that's just your opinion, man.
When you first start dipping your toes into amateur bike racing pool, you'll be inundated with advice. It used to be that this advice was precious - obtained only through entering the good graces of some veteran of the pack - but no longer. Now, advice is no longer in short supply. 'Good' advice can be found just about anywhere online or - failing that - step into any number of bike shops to learn how to quickly obtain cycling stardom.
For those of you who are also parents, you may be familiar with this concept. I don't think I've read two parenting books (all of which are vetted to be the highest of truth) that agreed on anything.
But there are a few nuggets of truth that this ocean of lies possesses.
Tell someone you're going to race a bike and they'll tell you to stay at the front. Just stay at the front. And it makes sense - everything is easier at the front. You can set the pace. You can watch the moves as they fly off. You can pick the best lines. Everything is easier at the front.
So it goes with parenting.
Of course, being at the front requires preparation. You have to have the fitness to get there and stay there. You have to have the knowledge of how to move in a pack. You have to know what wheels to follow and which to abandon. Preparation is the key to being at the front. No one tells you that part, however.
There are a million tricks, but only one reliable way. Prepare. Get sleep. Plan ahead.
And stay at the front.