Trail Lessons for Real Life

9 08 2009

I honestly don’t know how I have time to think up outlines for my posts while I should be paying attention to not killing myself pedaling and maneuvering my bike, but here’s today’s genius:

DON’T GET COCKY
Start easy. Don’t leave for a road trip in a hurry…do your research before starting a new project at work…count all of your hardware before putting that Ikea bookshelf together. Give yourself time to warm up and the rest of the ride will be more manageable.

THERE WILL BE BABY HEADS
Say you’re bombing down a hill dodging rocks and a stump rips your foot from your pedal, smashing your ankle into your bike frame and sending you to a flailing stop…just sayin’. Surprises happen. Things come up. Rolling with the unexpected is a learned behavior, but one that will benefit you personally and professionally.

SOMETIMES IT’S NOT YOUR DAY
Mom used to tell you that, right? It’s the truth. Some days you’re on it, some days you can’t get it together. Don’t dwell. Get over it and do the best you can right now. Tomorrow’s a new day.

LINE YOUR SHIT UP
Plan ahead. As with mountain biking, so with life. Don’t over plan, but know when it’s necessary to do a little thinking ahead. Choose your line for a smoother ride.

ENJOY THE PAUSES
Those mountaintop rests are good for the soul (and the quads). You can’t do yard work all weekend every weekend, or toil away at your desk for 12 hours a day for weeks at a time. Taking breaks, even short ones, rejuvenates you. Without rest you can’t be ready for the next challenge.

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27 06 2010
The Struggle: Life and Routes « Bacon Betty

[…] Kristen was surely acquiring belayer’s neck waiting for me to make a move, I was waxing philosophical on my struggle with the route. “There is a way…Keep moving, you’ll figure it […]

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