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We talked also of the day’s trouble, of course, concluding the ability to face adversity with a kind of self-aware humor is essential. I don’t think you’ll last long doing stuff like this if you can’t laugh at trouble. In a way, that’s what it’s all about.

 

I confess I didn’t feel too jovial on the arid mountainside with the Husqvarna yesterday. It was hard not to be mindful of how much time and anticipation Nick and I invested these last six weeks, for naught. But in general, yes: blood, sweat and broken metal are best seen as mere comedic moments in the ocean of time.

 

It is another way riding (or any unpredictable adventure) asks us to control our perceptions. Active riding requires attention to the present moment, as with the fast trail atop the ridge yesterday. But when something goes wrong, the opposite is required, to step back from the moment and remember how insignificant it is in the broad scope of our lives.

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Taken on August 29, 2017