Life Lessons Learned While Mountain Biking

You may remember the story we posted a few weeks ago about a female cyclist being taken out by barbed wire on a Denver bike path. Her teammates reported to us that she has a wonderful attitude about cycling and life and we thought it would be great to share her words of wisdom with our readers. We could definitely use some good news and inspiring thoughts this week!

quote from a teammate:
"Jacquie is a team-mate of mine. Think she's in her late 50's. She's the one who got taken out by the barbed wire on the bike path a few weeks ago. Saw her just the other night. She was sharing a few of her lovely words of wisdom for mtn. biking. They were so sweet. It's only too bad you can't see/hear her saying these. She is such a sweet, sweet woman. Tiny, but mighty and lots of laugh lines from smiling and living life. Many people would not bounce so well and so fast. Her attitude is something to strive for!"

A Few of Life Lessons Learned While Mountain Biking by Jacquie
(and not necessarily in order of importance)

1. When the trail gets rough and rocky – loosen up!
2. When it seems all uphill and impossible, concentrate on where you are right now and just take one pedal at a time.
3. Find the right gear to climb so that you can keep going, but so you can also get up over the hard stuff.
4. Trust yourself and trust your bike
5. Don't give up, don't stop, the view is worth it at the top!
6. Learn the tricks of the trade.
7. Do not get stuck in a rut! Go with the flow
8. Scare yourself – Go where you have never gone and do what you have never done.
9. Keep a song in your heart and in your head
10. Never focus on obstacles in your path, but about 10 ft. ahead
11. Concentrate on where you want to go
12. Get out of your comfort zone
13. It is harder to breathe up high, so train in high places
14. Find the perfect balance
15. Be calm, flexible, curious and prepared.
16. Know exactly where you are and where you are going or follow someone who does.
17. You have to believe it to see it
18. Attitude is everything
19. Perfect practice makes perfect - pay attention to form
20. Pick a line and follow through – momentum is your friend - flow like water
21. Visualize and expect success
22. Failure is a gift – make many mistakes
23. Turn anger and frustration into energy...thus the “Zen” of riding
24. Take care of your equipment and your equipment will take care of you
25. Find a circle of friends who have similar goals and who motivate you
26. Remember your tools and survival gear
27. Set goals and make a plan
28. It's not what happens to you, but in you
29. Keep your mind, body, and spirt pure
30. Don't prejudge
31. Celebrate your successes, even the littlest ones
32. Pump yourself up and Go For It!
33. Be child like and do not take yourself too seriously
34. No excuses – no fear or doubt
35. Get a burning passion in your gut

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves!” Thomas A. Edison

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows no victory or defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

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