I spent an hour with a local ISDE veteran and he was patient enough to show the little tricks. Tip #1: get good tire levers short enough to fit in tool pouch and long enough to give good leverage.
And good job to whomever resurrected the 8 year old thread!
I've changed 100's of tires, but after mounting a new Maxxis desert IT that was cold, since it's practically winter here, I almost swore off tire changing.
That was a stiff sidewall!