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How a positive turned my day around

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Remember I fell off my mountain bike about 2 weeks ago?
On my own, in the Aussie bush and I went right over the handle bars. I had plenty of time to register that 'this is going to hurt" before I hit the ground. And guess what? It did hurt.
Fortunately nothing was broken - except some skin. And a few big & beautiful bruises.

I was able to get back on my bike and ride home, and I went on another ride a few days later, but I wasn't feeling it. Too quick on the brakes, which actually makes for a more wobbly, unstable ride.

On the weekend I went to ride some of the race course. On my own again. I wasn't feeling terrific - not sure why.
It started with a 10km solid climb on a gravel ride. I nearly ran over a brown snake (the most poisonous in Australia) then I kept getting bitten on the back side by march flies. It seemed really hard! Every obstacle was a challenge, every stick was a snake.

I started the decent, and it was going ok, until I realised I had lost my cycle computer. It must have dropped out of the holder, somewhere in the last 2km (since I looked at it as I made the top). Terrific, I thought. I knew I should have stayed in bed!

For those who don't know, the computer pretty small - about the size of a medium coin. I had to try to look for it, even though there was lots of debris on the track - small rocks, leaves, sticks etc. What were my chances?

Slowly I climbed back up the decent - stopping at any little obstacle that might have caused a little bump which might have knocked it off. All the way to the top - nothing.
Of course, when I started to descend again I was going much faster - and I reasoned if I did not find it going slow, I was not going to find it on the descent. I gave up.

I came to a tight corner and slammed on the brakes - and instantly thought 'It could have fallen off here" - I looked down (still at speed), and there it was!!!

You should have seen the change in my attitude. I was having the best day. My confidence was high, I loved it. Every uphill was a chance to really work my legs. Every obstacle a fun opportunity. Stopped looking for snakes, and the march flies could not keep up!!
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    Glad for the little things that keep us going.
    1855 days ago
    It's the little things, isn't it?
    1857 days ago
    It is amazing how one small things can make a big difference, a lucky day in every way, especially the extra fitness.

    1857 days ago
    Hooray!!! I'm glad you found it, and that it turned things around for you! :) Because...yeah otherwise, that sounds miserable, between snakes and bugs and gravel and so on. I get really nervous riding on gravel. What fantastic luck/logic in finding the computer, though...that's awesome!
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