I don't know anyone that starts out knowing how to do everything right. The journey is made fun and worthwhile by changing direction, failing (or falling!), and growing. Nine years ago, I committed to a 192-mile bike ride when I didn't even own a bike. To say there is a learning curve in endurance road biking is an understatement. It wasn't pretty. There were broken bones, flat tires, getting lost, running out of water on hot days, and soreness. So much soreness, and yet, I wouldn't change a thing (except learning how to use clip-in pedals a little better before hitting the road... literally and figuratively). It also gave me confidence and purpose. I found a new tribe and a passion that allowed me to give back while exploring my limits. Try things and let them be messy.
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