I’ve always been better at doing it myself than delegating and managing. I guess that’s how I was taught. Not because that was the intentional lesson but that’s how my parents did it and theirs before them. But the Tulsa Tough Rides are way too big for that. It has to be a team effort.
The first year I had my hand in every single aspect and did a big chunk of the work on just about everything related to the rides. There were several people lending a big hand, but I needed to be in the middle of it all because I was creating as I went. That worked okay the first year but it’s not sustainable for very long. I plan to be around this thing for a while and I have to keep my relationships and my paying job while doing it.
The beginnings of a ride committee formed in years 2 and 3. This is year 4 and I am really happy to have a committee of 15 or so people who are coming to own a piece of the rides. They are enthusiastic, creative, and smart. The whole event will benefit from their efforts because all the parts will be as good as they can be, rather than only as good as I have time for. I get to keep refining the vision and concepts. I get to reach out to the communities we touch over 400 miles of tour routes in four counties. And I get to leave my comfort zone and try to manage everyone’s efforts so it all works together.
Now that the committee is in place, my job is to learn how to communicate better, provide what they need to do their jobs and not stand in the way of their progress. I also have to work on the things I can control and let go of those I can’t. It’s a big transition year for the rides and another growth year for me.