Originally Posted by soldierguy
Like others, I have some crazy, some epic, some epiphany-type thoughts going through my head when I ride. It happens all the time.
But the minute I catch myself in a stupid mistake as a result of being too involved in thought, that's when I stop, clear my head, and then continue.
My worst problem is rushing. I can't count how many times I've caught myself rushing through the prep to ride, then my mind is still in rush-mode when I leave, and I'll usually make a stupid mistake within a block or two. A quick stop, a few breaths, a mental reset, and I'm good to go.
I'm lucky in that once I get on the bike, I can switch everything else off. Riding is a 100% exercise for me, and my mind is busy watching traffic and calculating speed/distance problems. I find it very relaxing. Maybe I'm not normal......