Cross-chained, big-big—I’m strong enough to upshift soon.
Emptying my last bottle—the finish must be near.
Following the move—I can’t be that close to redline.
Wearing long sleeves instead of arm warmers—it can’t warm that much in a few hours.
Switching the cassette with a 25 for one with a 23—I won’t need a bail gear.
Running smaller tires—the course can’t be that rocky.
Rolling out without a rain jacket despite gray clouds—I’ll be home before the dump begins.
Tightening the arc of a turn in the wet—I haven’t run out of traction yet.
Launching off a big rock on an unknown trail—the landing can’t be that bad.
Hanging on to the back of a group at a pace too fast to sustain—they have to slow soon.
Packing a vest but not a jacket—I mean, it’s cold, but not that cold.
Leading an unknown descent—how bad could it get?
Ts-ts-ts-ts-ts-ts-ts—that has to be someone else’s tire.
Boxed in the group with 200m to go and staying calm—I’ll find a way out.
Packing one tube and no patches—if I flat more than once my day is over anyway.
No brakes descent in a residential neighborhood—no one will be pulling out.
Letting the break go—they’ll be back.
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