Here’s one way I entertain myself while riding my bike. As I ride uphill past pedestrians or other cyclists, I look at them with crazy eyes and say loudly in a hoarse voice, “I’m not going to make it!”
Here is the breakdown of the most common four responses:
1. Keep staring straight ahead and hope I don’t talk to them anymore (35 percent).
2. Look of horror like I really am crying out for help (15 percent).
3. Laughter and giggling, sometimes followed by “You’re right” or “I don’t think you will!” (30 percent)
4. Suddenly they turn into Olympics coaches and start yelling “You CAN make it!” or “YOU GOT THIS!” (20 percent).
Today one old-timer about my age said, “If I can make it, YOU can make it.”