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What Does Mountain Biking Teach You About Life?

Good writ­ers have often used sport as a metaphor for life: the lessons of the play­ing field or are­na applied to dai­ly liv­ing. If Nor­man Mail­er (box­ing), William Kennedy (base­ball) and John Irv­ing (wrestling) had spent time on a moun­tain bike, they would have learned:

The 20 Life Lessons in Mountain Biking

20. Bold­ness pays.

19. Des­per­a­tion breeds mistakes.

18. The hard­est parts are also the loneliest.

17. There’s fresh horse flop in the trail ahead.

16. Bal­ance is first among the virtues; momen­tum is second.

15. Suc­cess requires con­fi­dence, but cock­i­ness invites failure.

14. Some­times, the best way past an obsta­cle is straight through it.

13. Some peo­ple get lucky at parts; nobody gets lucky at everything.

12. It’s all about the being and the going, not the hav­ing and the arriving.

11. At each inter­sec­tion, there’s the easy way and the hard, reward­ing way.

10. It’s tempt­ing to focus on the imme­di­ate prob­lem to the exclu­sion of the big picture.

9. The thing that nails you is the one you don’t see coming.

8. It’s worth stop­ping for a breather to see where you are.

7. Thou­sands of tiny deci­sions shape the trip.

6. The fun starts when you push the limits.

5. You can get hurt, heal and go again.

4. Ups are fol­lowed by downs.

3. Prac­tice makes you better.

2. No quit­ting allowed.

1. Love hurts (but don’t let that stop you from falling in love.)

What has moun­tain bik­ing taught you about life? Let us know in the com­ments below!