Cycling in Sydney Australia
Third day I rolled between home and work within walking distance. I suddenly feel smarter already - I changed my choice of street from what I usually walk on to one that has less traffic, and all of a sudden this sense of awareness and "route detection" clicked into my head. Now when I see a street I naturally evaluate how cycling friendly it is for my level of comfort.
Today I also pushed myself mentally to pedal up an up slope when I was heading home. I was struggling to take off near work, and I was getting frustrated, so when no one was looking (I think - it's a quiet lane), I started telling myself "GO GO GO GO GO" under my breath as I forced myself to get those wheels rolling. Really surprisingly, as I mentally push myself to go forward, I suddenly regain my balance and rolled all the way back home, on traffic (not pedestrian), and non-stop (I slowed down at intersection of course), Whenever I feel myself staggering like usual, I repeat the chant in my head and somehow I kept going in a straight line without steering away further like before.
Now I am really happy and I reckon I deserve to get a bit over excited.