Lance and Knowing How to Portion Your Efforts

There are many business lessons that people can draw from Lance Armstrong’s success at winning six Tours de France, ranging from the banal to the nuanced. One that I find intriguing is how important it is to portion your hardest efforts in a long race like this. Case in point, the follow factoid from today’s WSJ:

“In a telling statistic, a rough calculation reveals that Armstrong raced alone at the front of the peloton for just 9.125 kilometers out of the more than 3,000 kilometers of racing during the three-week Tour. Take away the time trials, and the rest of the time he was tucked safely behind a wheel of a teammate or rival…”