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Gemini Performance Cycling

  Racing form, Science and Art    

The Five Rings

( 1 ) Preparation

THE EARTH

Building The House

(2) Adaptation

THE WATER
2 Heavens, One style

(3) Strategy

THE FIRE
H
eat of Battle

(4) Respect what will fail

THE WIND
Become the Opponent

(5) Know what can't be seen

THE EMPTINESS
Correct Mind

The Five Rings is an approach to training and competing modeled from The Book of Five Rings  written by Samurai Master Miyamoto Musashi (五輪書 Go Rin No Sho ) circa 1645.  In The Book of Five Rings Mushashi describes are his manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy and winning, and are among the most salient texts on strategic thinking ever to come out of Asia.


I read The Book of Five Rings during a time of rehabilitation and quickly saw the dynamic transfer-ability of Mushashi’s principles into the art, practice and discipline of bike racing, and the remarkable similarities Samurai had with their sword to that of rider and bicycle.

In their simplest form, the Five Rings are a highly effective approach for gaining advantage in preparation, training and racing.  In a deeper sense, they are an ongoing art in discipline toward mindful riding and racing, rather than just physical and technical prowess.