Instead of sleeping in I had the honor of empty roads and paths, easy to get up & out before the sun, the kids & the complacency.
Merckx on bike race numbers: He most preferred to race with the number 1, but also liked two-digit numbers separated in descent by one, such as 32 or 21. His least favorite: 23—as a kid, he had some bad races wearing that number and became set against it.
(from my talk with him earlier this year)
You can’t overlook anything. It all adds up and can slow you down.