I recently had a ride than totally messed with my head.
Started out all cranky about life. My riding felt terrible. I felt slow and didn’t bother trying to clean a bunch of hard climbs that are generally within my tough but doable range. Eventually I slipped into being present and not thinking and voila! A smile on my face and a cheery disposition for strangers and family for the rest of the day!
And when I checked my Strava, a ton of PR’s! I wasn’t riding slow at all, my mood was just ruining my perception of my ride! What the hell, brain?!?
Lesson: don’t indulge your shitty attitude and don’t trust what you think.