|Smile. It helps.|
- To keep upright, you have to move forward.
- Don't panic. Panicking is how you end up on falling on your ass and bleeding everywhere.
- Always adjust to meet the challenge. You have many gears, use them all.
- Don't stop halfway up a hill because you're tired. You'll lose all the momentum you've gained in conquering the challenge and basically have to start over again.
|Sunscreen, child, sunscreen|
- With proper training and gear, any ride is pleasant. And in the unpleasant portions, just remember that this discomfort will make the next challenge easier.
- Save when you can. Belle the Bike was a $550 Craigslist find. Much like how I'd be hard-pressed to show you anything in my closet that I paid full price for.
|Life is too short to be uncomfortable in cheap shorts|
- But know when to spend. The $30 bike shorts will not do for 80 miles. My comfort is worth the $75 price tag of my shorts.
- Breathe. Hydrate. Wear sunscreen.
- A hill only looks bad from afar. When you're halfway through, it flattens out and you can see it for what it is - a temporary infliction of pain.
- Take care of what you've got. A good bike, properly maintained, has a nearly infinite shelf life.
- After every painful, stomach churning, leg burning hill, there's a few moments of elation as you scream down the hill. Every hill in life is the same - once you're over it, you can smile at the boost it's given you.