“The condition of the cyclist is the human condition writ small – all of us must craft for ourselves the kind of lives we wish to lead, we must decide how we are to live, what we will do, and how to pull it off. Like Kierkegaard, we can find exhilaration and self-knowledge in this challenge instead of ennui or despair.”
Quoted from Steven D Hales, ‘Cycling and philosophical lessons learned the hard way’. Chapter 16 in Cycling: Philosophy for everyone (2010) edited by Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza and Michael Austin, Chichester Wiley-Blackwell.
I guess pulling it off is the secret.