pace _ line |pās – līn|


a row of people or things moving at a consistent and continuous speed in walking, running, or moving : a row of closely spaced bicycle riders looks like a colorful, living line moving at great speed.

Teamwork.  Sharing the load.  Working together.  Not a new concept.  Certainly not a universally practiced concept.

A paceline in bicycle races – or even in recreational cycling – involves riders closely following each other in a line – working together for the common good.  The goal is to get to the end of a long, hard ride as quickly as possible before your butt goes numb.

The riders are using the aerodynamic benefit of drafting – similar to NASCAR drivers. A rider can significantly reduce the required pedal effort by closely following in the slipstream of the rider in front.

Riding in a large pack or peleton as it’s called in a bike race, the riders will use nearly a third less energy by working as a loosely knit team. The rider who rides alone, suffers more, and rarely finishes at the front of the pack.

My name is Don Linnen.  I’m a reader, writer, runner, rider, and fundraiser in Dallas, Texas.  I have a passion for ideas and an appreciation for details. This blog is a part of “chapter 4” of my life.  It builds on the previous chapters that include life as:

  1. a C-130 pilot
  2. an engineer
  3. a major account manager – a.k.a. salesman – for a BIG computer company.

Chapter 4 reflects my deep dive into the social sector.  This includes:

  • helping nonprofits develop their fundraising to do more for the common good
  • encouraging people to leave a legacy and do more for the Kingdom.

It will be a look at the shades of gray in a world that is increasingly becoming more digital both technologically and politically.  There will be lots of questions – maybe a few answers.  Please join me on the journey.  Riding together has many rewards.

“He who learns but does not think is lost.
He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” – Confucius

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.” –  J.R.R. Tolkien

“To whom much is given, much will be required.” – Dr. Luke

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