I haven’t gone anywhere — just been holed up here in the weather. I wanted to share what I wrote earlier this week about a ride I got to do ;’-). I have a couple more rock things to share, but this for now…
January 21: Ride #13 (for the month): 20 miles. It was iffy as I looked out my front window this morning. But Susan had called from her ride to teach at Meadowdale and said the roads were fine (clear of debris and sand), and she had had only a few minor drops of rain. I took that as a message that I could ride this morning.
Magic Hour. I hopped on the saddle at 8:30, a little later than my normal magic hour to ride, and immediately felt some drops of rain. I thought, since I was now on my bike, I could get at least 3-4 miles in, especially since snow, ice and other weather have kept me off my bike for 8 consecutive days!!!!! ANY amount of riding would feel oh so good.
The light drops became a bit more intense for the first 10 minutes or so, but I kept on. After all, I have ridden in more rain than this. And in some snow.
And THEN — SUN and BLUE SKY was peering down at me. Magic. Those 8 days off my bike seemed to have given my bike muscles some good rest as I felt strong pedaling around my neighborhood. This was my first ride since Eric at Bayside Bikes had repaired, cleaned and lubed my drive train. It felt swift and smooth.
Though I have ridden these neighborhood loops many, many times, I was happy. Riding in sunshine was a bonus. What a change in my mood from yesterday’s slump.
Well into my ride, and on the return route, grey clouds began taking over the blue sky, and were moving over my friend the sun to cover it in a haze. That sun fought valiantly to stay with me for my entire ride, but the sky ahead of me was becoming darker and darker.
Within about three miles from home, I heard and then felt the return of those cold raindrops. I arrived home not very wet, not at all cold (my bad weather wear is awesome), happy, and ready for a mug of tea.
I had had an almost two hour ride on my magic carpet.
Life is good ;’-)