This is why I ride in the wind, rain, heat and cold (Mark Priddis)

Today I was fortunate enough to have one of those rides that keeps me going all year long. There was nothing special or no indication that today’s ride was going to be what it was. I left the house around 4:30 pm knowing I only have an hour and a half or so before I needed to be home to start preparing dinner. As I threw my leg over the top tube and pushed the pedal thrusting me down my driveway, I could already feel my mind relax and the tension of the day start to leave. Within the first quarter mile I was in a rhythm that felt fluid and comfortable. At the ten mile mark I realized my thoughts turned to the bridge I would soon be crossing. But, wait. I had already crossed it, and had no memory of doing so. I was cruising. Unlike most rides, nothing hurt or ached. There was no, “Just work your way through it”, thoughts in my head. It was the perfect short ride. I smelled the honeysuckle and wild roses along the road. I noted the ground hog that was completely absorbed in gorging himself with the green clover. I felt the breeze shift from my left to a tailwind. As I approached the 17% grade hill that greets me on almost all my rides as I approach home, I wasn’t thinking, “OK, take it easy. You know this hill.” No, I was thinking, “Bring it on.” Yes, today was the reason I ride through the wind, rain, heat, and cold. You never know when a day like today will arrive So, it’s best to be out there. Because one thing is certain, if you don’t ride, days like this never come. I am SO thankful to be a cyclist. What about you?

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