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Happy Saturday! If you’re new to THE CRAZY QUEST, you may wish to read about it here. Basically, I’m tracing my journey as I attempt to answer the question: What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it?

This week of training: 143 miles

FLAT TIRES HAPPEN

 

Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get. Mark Twain

flat tireEvery cyclist knows that flat tires are going to happen.

You don’t know where or when, but flats are part of cycling. You try to avoid stuff on the path, you maintain the tires and tubes, but no matter what you do you’re going to get a flat occasionally.

It’s probably just perception, but flats seem to occur at the worst times. It’s raining, or you’re running late, or you’re miles from nowhere. Flats never seem to happen in front of a bike shop.

Life’s the same way. Stuff happens, often at inconvenient moments. We can’t control a lot of it, but our attitude goes a long way toward determining how unexpected events impact us.

In a cycle ride, the joy of the journey is often determined by how you respond to adversity. You can get angry, curse your bad luck, complain that it’s not fair. None of that solves the problem, and it usually makes the rest of the ride miserable.

Or you can chuckle, get out your tools, and fix the flat. And if you don’t have the right equipment or skills, you can ask someone to help. The generosity of other riders is amazing.

Same thing with life. A flat tire’s a small inconvenience, but your response can cast it as a catastrophe.

I want to try harder not to sweat the small stuff.

Have you ever experienced an unexpected “flat tire” in your life? How did you respond?

Related articles:

Enjoy The Easy Terrain

You Have To Climb The Hills

Be Your Own Engine

There’s A Top To Every Hill

The Crazy Quest

Rich Dixon is an author and motivational speaker. His first book is Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance.

Learn more about the story of Relentless Grace at: www.relentlessgrace.com

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Happy Saturday! If you’re new to THE CRAZY QUEST, you may wish to read about it here. Basically, I’m tracing my journey as I attempt to answer the question: What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it?

This week of training: 103 miles

ENJOY THE EASY TERRAIN

You’re either climbing a hill, you’ve just finished one, or you’re about to begin a climb.

That’s a paraphrase of the way many riders view the terrain, but I’m not certain it’s accurate. The hills are the most memorable, but the majority of most rides contain relatively flat, unremarkable terrain. (more…)

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Happy Saturday! If you’re new to THE CRAZY QUEST, you may wish to read about it here. Basically, I’m tracing my journey as I attempt to answer the question: What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it?

This week of training: 115 miles

YOU HAVE TO CLIMB THE HILLS

In cycling, as in life, everyone likes riding downhill.

Riding down a hill is easy. You can go fast with little effort, and if the hill’s steep enough you can get a real thrill out of blazing along at more than thirty mph. (more…)

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Happy Saturday! If you’re new to THE CRAZY QUEST, you may wish to read about it here. Basically, I’m tracing my journey as I attempt to answer the question: What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it?

This week of training: 108 miles

BE YOUR OWN ENGINE

One of the great things about cycling is that the rider’s also the engine. It’s the same in life. (more…)

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Happy Saturday! If you’re new to THE CRAZY QUEST, you may wish to read about it here. Basically, I’m tracing my journey as I attempt to answer the question: What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it?

This week of training: 98 miles

THERE’S A TOP TO EVERY HILL

A while back I was riding out in the country, cranking very slowly up a pretty steep hill. I heard another bike approaching from behind; the rider called out a greeting and I recognized my friend Jeff’s voice. As he passed, he offered some profound encouragement: Keep going. There’s a top to every hill. (more…)

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What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it?

This is a big week for me.

On Friday I completed the final day of a thirty-five year teaching career. I’m officially retired, a former teacher. And since I’m making the formal transfer from one phase of life to the next, this is the perfect time to announce my CRAZY QUEST. (more…)

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