Lance Armstrong was a liar, fraud, bully and idiot. But he had determination, and for a moment let me celebrate his ability to train hard and push hard in his bicycle racing.
His No Chain day concept was used in my running. We would be halfway through a training run and would start our regular and frequent 'check ins' during walk breaks.
'How is everyone doing?'
If we were feeling good we said 'no chain' even though it didn't make sense, as we were running. But the concept held, and 25 km into a 32 km training run, if we felt great, free, strong we would say it with 'no chain'. It also helped others express a pain, frustration or concern- opening a dialogue.
What terms are you using with your peers to express your energy/ passion/ frustration? How are you communicating and is it working? Is your understanding of the word the same as others?
An aside, Armstrong had a day when he was racing and called in for his support team to help him with his bicycle. Each second counts in the Tour de France, so panic set in. 'What is wrong??' to which he replied 'I have no chain' and his joke brought his team laughter as he cruised to victory.
Armstrong called it a "no chain" day -- meaning he felt so strong that it seemed as if his bicycle had no chain. Not bad for a 33-year-old who has ridden 1,746 miles through the north, east and south of France, over the Alps and Pyrenees, in the past two weeks.
Dieter Wentzel, CPHR