٩(͡๏_๏)۶ Nº90 Will Travel for Gravel 🏔️ 🌄

"As it is always with our trips, bikes broke, weather sucked, and we were lost as hell. Will gladly p
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٩(͡๏_๏)۶ Nº90 Will Travel for Gravel 🏔️ 🌄
By Twotone Amsterdam • Issue #90 • View online
“As it is always with our trips, bikes broke, weather sucked, and we were lost as hell. Will gladly print the story.” – @Farridemag
I’m penning this edition from Basel, Switzerland. I’ve been here on a double whammy client focussed trip for OBST & GEMÜSE & Far Ride Magazine that just happened to include nearly 6.000m of climbing across ~300km. A fair amount of it was ridden across wonderful Swiss gravel. #willtravelforgravel
Throughout the past 5 days its been mostly smooth sailing on some rocky roads but coupled with some rain & setbacks due to bad luck, poor planning and several miscommunications, there were some headaches. 
Ultimately, everything was awesome but everyone on the trip had to overcome some hurdles along the way. I like to try and flip obstacles into opportunities but what are the best ways to do that? Ryan Holiday collected 10 Strategies for Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities:
  1. Alter Your Perspective - We choose how we look at things. How we approach an obstacle determines how daunting it will be to overcome.
  2. Flip The Obstacle On Its Head - The events that we initially perceive as negative all contain a positive, exposed benefit that we can recognize and act on.
  3. Stay Moving, Always. - Those who attack problems and life with most initiative and energy usually win. (#staystoked)
  4. Fail Cheaply and Quickly - There’s nothing wrong with being wrong. Each time it happens, new options open up to us and problems can be flipped into opportunities.
  5. Follow The Process - In the chaos of life, process provides us a way. The process is about doing the little things, right now. Not worrying about what might happen later, or the results, or the whole picture.
  6. What’s Right Is What Works - As they say in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, it doesn’t matter how you get our opponent to the ground, only that you take them down.
  7. Use The Flank Attack - Think about this: In a study of more than 280 military campaigns, only two percent were decided on a direct attack on the enemy’s main army.
  8. Use The Obstacle Against Itself - A castle can be an intimidating, impenetrable fortress, or it can be turned into a prison when surrounded. The difference is simply a shift in action and approach.
  9. Seize The Offensive - Ordinary people shy away from negative situations and avoid trouble. What great people do is the opposite.They never waste an opportunity to flip a personal tragedy or crisis to their advantage.
  10. Focus On Something Bigger Than Yourself - Sometimes when we are personally stuck with some impossible problem, one of the best ways to create opportunities or new avenues for movement is to think: “If I can’t solve this for myself, how can I at least make this better for other people?” 
Like Nº64 pointed out: Helpfulness can be your best asset after all. ; )
As always, thank you for reading!
with appreciation,
Jon
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Here are the two rides we did in two days. Thank you Far Ride for the opportunity! 
#FarRideSuisse Day 1 - 62km - 1,670m
#FarRideSuisse Day 2 - 47km - 1,480m
Here's to turning obstacles into opportunities this week!
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