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5 Tips For An Adventurous Mountain Bike Ride

5 Tips For An Adventurous Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain biking is a very robust and adventurous activity. Riding mountain bikes on hills, woods and roads is a very fun way to spend your time especially if you enjoy outdoor activities. Learning and handling a mountain bike can be tough the first time, but once you learn how to ride and get the hang of it, it can be your favourite sport.

If you are organised and you know what you require for your mountain bike ride then you can enjoy that adventure even more. Although mountain biking seems to be all fun already, being prepared makes it even more fun and a relaxing activity.

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What do you need to know about mountain biking for an exciting trip?

The first and foremost thing is that you should know is how to ride a bike. Mountain bikes are a bit heavier than the regular bikes and require more skill and strength. If you do not know how to ride a mountain bike then you can learn and train by joining any one of your local mountain bike clubs.

You would not only learn about bike riding but can also participate in their many riding expeditions. They have guides and trainers that accompany the group in order to help them learn tricks of the trade. Meaning they help the members of the group to learn how they can deal with problems they might come across while on the road.

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Here are some tips which will help you enjoy your adventure more

1. Train to handle a mountain bike

Before going on any adventurous road trips, you should first learn with proficiency how to handle the bike. Mountain bikes can be tough while descending and ascending. While descending you need to stop pedalling and sit on the saddle a bit straight and maintain yourself. On ascend you need to pedal on a steady pace and have to exert more force.

2. Equipment and attire

You need to select proper clothing for mountain bike rides. Before you buy equipment and clothes for your trip, make sure you know the terrain and weather. You will need different equipment if you are going into the woods or hills. Similarly, the clothes requirements will be different according to the track you choose.

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But no matter where you go or when you go, you will be needing helmet and body protectors for knees and elbows. You would also require clothes which are moisture absorbing. You can also take a light camera if you want to take pictures of your trip when taking a break.

3. Select the route according to expertise

The main purpose of any sport is for you to have fun, so select a route which is according to your capabilities. What I mean is that if you are a beginner then select an easy track and if you are an expert biker then you will have no trouble in enjoying any difficult terrain as well.

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4. Test your mountain Bike

For an adventurous yet enjoyable mountain bike trip, it should be trouble free. So make sure that your mountain bike is in very good condition. Ride the bike and make sure that you sit comfortably on it while riding.

5. Consume healthy non-heavy meals before the trip

Eating hearty meals can make you drowsy or sick while riding your bike on the trail. To enjoy your adventure you need to be alert and active. It is always advisable to eat light meals before going for any outdoor sport. A half empty stomach keeps you agile.

If you follow these tips and go on the trip being prepared than you might enjoy the adventure more and your road trip can be very exciting.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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