Just like life, there are ups and downs in mountain biking
Going downhill is easy and fast and fun
But it’s only the exhausting uphill grind that makes the descent so gratifying.
Just like life, there are bumps in the trail (sometimes huge ones)
Instead of avoiding, fearing, and struggling over those bumps,
Growl like a bear, pump those pedals, and grin, grin, grin as you roll over them.
Just like life, you can’t get to the special places unless you work for them
The harder you push, the steeper and longer the climb,
The better the view and the greater the distance from the middling, maddening crowds.
Just like life, if you travel the same trail all of the time
You’ll become an expert at that one particular thing,
But the routine can make you dull and muffle your mindfulness.
Just like life, if you want to truly enjoy all that the ride has to offer,
Don’t just concentrate on speed. Slow down when the trail is less hazardous.
Enjoy the view, the sights and sounds all around. Look for new offshoot adventures.
Just like life, there will be tough days when you stumble over normally easy obstacles,
And other days when you ride for hours—at one with your bike—without ever touching your feet to the ground
Remember, friend: you can’t appreciate those easy days if you don’t have those hard ones.
Just like life, riding with friends is plenty of fun
But too much focus on who is behind you and who is ahead
Can make you forget to enjoy the ride.
Enjoy the ride!
Just like life, pushing our boundaries and taking risks is essential to our growth and vitality
If you’ve never flown off a jump, try a small one tomorrow.
Falling and failing is good for us.
Most falls aren’t fatal.
Have you gone for a ride this week?
Enjoy the ride!
And don’t think too much!
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