My latest big efforts were very much in keeping with that theme; the climbs and time on top were so much longer than coming off those high points and the downs were over in a flash. I kept that sardonic little gem close as my high speed descents were spent before I knew it and I was grinding up another steep road.
That kept things light on the harder climbs but it wasn't as effective as my mantra and constant reminder that I'm not a special or unique snowflake. Very few places are as fair in life as physics and for all the equality physical laws of the universe dispense upon all of us in it, there isn't an ounce, or foot-pound, or inch of care or favoritism. If rain falls on the just and unjust alike, ultras bring pain to the entire field of participants.