Things we have learned from cycling

  • You can keep going long after you think you can’t anymore
    Like 100km more after the first 10km of the Argus!
  • What goes up must come down
    And vice versa – don’t get too disheartened about the up-hills and don’t get too comfortable with the down-hills… neither of them go on forever.
  • If you’re riding out against the wind, go as far and hard as you can – Going home you will have the wind at your back.
  • If you’re riding out with the wind at your back, remember at some point you will need to turn around and conditions will change
    Enjoy the ride and save your energy for where it will be needed most.
  • Eat, drink and be merry
    Or run out of energy, dehydrate and fall over.
  • Give yourself time to warm up before deciding you can’t
    The first 15km are always the hardest – after that you just keep peddling (just keep peddling, peddling, peddling – how I love Dory!)
  • Moderation, persistence and sensibility are key
    If you’re not at the top of your game – slow and steady gets you across the finish line, fast and furious gets you on a stretcher.
  • Protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances.
    If it’s cloudy when you leave, it may be sweltering when you return. Some drivers drive badly. There are potholes, and stones, and thorns. Water. Sunblock. Helmets. Slime.
  • Take every opportunity that comes your way
    If you wake up to blue skies, don’t put off training until the evening. This is Cape Town and the Cape Doctor doesn’t care how far behind your training schedule is.
  • Believe in yourself
    If you think you can do it, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t – it really is a simple and as difficult as that.

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