The Ride: Reaching alignment through work and sport
Eric Marcotte’s life is all about adjustment. From uprooting his Minnesota heritage and starting chiropractic work in Arizona to his speedy rise up the professional road racing ranks, the 38-year-old knows the value of balance, both in life and body.
After turning professional at 34 years old, Marcotte had a whirlwind of exceptional results, becoming the first rider in history to win a national road and national criterium title in the same season. He’s also finished second at the Winston Salem Cycling Classic and won a stage at Tour of the Gila, both in 2016, all while holding down a full-time job as a chiropractor in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Incredibly, Marcotte is still in his chiropractic office every day he’s not racing or traveling. Over the years, he says he’s found the right equilibrium between time and commitment for each profession.
“A large day will be four to five hours of training on the bike followed by four to six hours in the office depending upon patients scheduled,” Marcotte says. “In the winter and early spring, this is more difficult as the training starts later in the morning, so there isn’t much time between the bike before the office.”
Throughout the week, the recent winner of the Air Force Classic Clarendon Cup typically gets adjustments from his own chiropractor following big training workloads to restore motion to joints and check areas that may have been under high stress.
“I like this as a check-in in addition to massage and physical therapy. It helps keep my body as close to health as possible.”
Marcotte doesn’t treat his job like a business, rather it’s an opportunity and now a responsibility to share the knowledge he’s acquired through years of schooling.
“The model is to manage and maintain health, rather than to try and manage and maintain a crisis situation,” Marcotte says about his practice. “This is what I have felt is important for me, and in seeking that out, I now feel the responsibility to share this information and offer that as a and paradigm for the community.”
His responsibly in the office extends to bike racing, where his long-term goal is similar to his work: to use his experience and knowledge to steer passionate individuals toward health and wellness and help them achieve their targets.
“I want to help people learn from the lessons of history and to not repeat what has lead others off track in pursuit of their goals,” he says. “In the sport, my plan is to continue to make the most of these opportunities that I have been given, while contributing to the team’s goals, sponsors and personal goals. If the leaders of the team are not able to assume that responsibility, riders may be less likely to understand or want to contribute to their success. And those helping out, have to believe their job is important and worthwhile.”
Despite his stacked palmares, he doesn’t see his role changing much in the sport he holds dear to his heart. His fulfillment is through supporting the team and helping his teammates achieve their best. When asked what’s the most important piece of advice he’s garnered through the years, he says he still figuring out what that is.
“There are so many lessons I’ve learned and they seem to keep coming. Perhaps I’d say, that by now I’ve realized that the lessons are never going to stop coming. So be ready.”