I know that the emphasis on this thread is how fun and rewarding the VLC experience can be. However, let's face it, sometimes it can also be pretty miserable. Bad weather, mechnicals, illnesses, and boredom can make some of our rides less than utopian. What are your tricks to get through these periods?
Here are three of mine:
On a steep hill, I have an imaginary converstion with someone I don't like or have been disagreeing with. I tell them off in scathing terms. Before I know it, I'm at the top of the hill!
When I am bored of riding but have miles to go, I make up a commentary between two sportcasters observing my "race" performance. One is an American who is enthusiastic and the other a sneering Frenchman who is always dissing me: (American)"I can't believe it! Mars is STILL out of the saddle, charging up the hill like Roosevelt's Roughriders!!" (sneering Frenchman) "He vill nevair keep it up! Look at heem, sweating like the peeg he is! Soon the French riders will crush heem uderfoot!"
Part of my commute is on the ferry. The ferry ride can last an hour on one route, and 20 minutes on the other. I have gotten into Sudoku puzzles to pass the time. They can make you nuts, but it is SO rewarding when you start to unlock them and all the numbers start leaping out! Try them!
Good riding eveybody and have a fun day off tomorrow!