…the weather is craptastic and less than ideal for outdoor activity. I’ve been kicking myself that I didn’t get a bike ride in on Sunday morning — the last time it was “nice” — and have been stalking the weather (I love the “hourly” forecast) (and the “fitness” forecast) trying to find a decent, dry, daylight hour to ride. At minimum, I’m hoping for two rides this week before race day on Sunday.
It was miserable on Tuesday and we were all looking for some way to beat the heat and not feel like a complete slug. I ended up going to a movie with Kate & Al on the cheapest night at the “cheap seats” theater — always a busy night ($1.75 admission!), it was REALLY busy! The theater used to be part of Valley Fair Mall — one of… if not the first indoor shopping malls in America. Since the mall was torn down and all that’s left standing is the theater, it’s actually quite nice! Anyway, we saw “Letters To Juliet” and I enjoyed the scenery. Plus there was a big outdoor feast in an Italian vineyard at the end… that’ll redeem just about any movie in my book.
But, on the way to the theater on that hot and sticky night, we saw a cycling group out for a ride and I couldn’t help feeling a little bit like a slug.
It was horrible again yesterday, but by late afternoon there was some cloud cover, a little movement in the air, slightly less humidity — a break! I saw at least four cyclists on my way home from work and, by gum, if they can do it I can, too! I settled into my get-ready groove before I even got home and then made a bee-line for my gear. I filled my water bottle, pumped up my tires, grabbed my glasses, phone and helmet, and off I went. I can’t stop to think — especially on a day like yesterday — because it would be so easy to chuck it.
One down. I’m so glad I went! And, actually, I think I’d be going a little bit nuts right now with the need for speed (haha, just some movement) if I hadn’t. I didn’t break any records or anything, but wasn’t slacking — I’m so happy to see the speedometer at consistently higher speeds with what feels like little extra effort. It’s just getting easier as I get stronger and more experienced. Also, may I say, I love biking because I can go faster than the mosquitoes — they’re the worst I’ve seen in many, many years. Anyway, I hope there’s another favorable weather window before Sunday, but if not… the weather is supposed to be FANTASTIC for the race and que sera sera.
May I peeve for a moment about cyclists? There are two — one’s mine and one I’ve adopted from Kate.
- I can’t stand it when cyclists, especially in groups, think they own the road. Lesson One, as I can remember from bicycle safety in grade school, is to ride single-file and with traffic. It’s okay to ride double-breasted or even swarm the road — especially in an area where there’s little traffic — as long as you are courteous and aware and move over. On city streets? Gah! I will honk my horn and shake my fist and glare at you!
- The other is when people wear their earbuds while riding — the reasons for which well-illustrated yesterday when I nearly witnessed a kid/teen, groovin’ and oblivious, nearly get smucked by a car right in front of me. He wasn’t aware at all, except to keep tabs on me — apparently being passed by an old lady would have been too much to take — so he’d race ahead every time I’d get close. Eventually, doing some early maneuvers for an upcoming left-hand turn, he started to drift across the road without even looking! I hollered, which of course he couldn’t hear at all, and it took him a few seconds even to react to the car’s horn.
One really awesome GOOD THING is when a cyclist who is faster than me lets me know that they’re there, shouting out, “I’m on your left,” as they are preparing to leave me in their wake, and doubly awesome-good when their partner adds, “There are two of us!” I never knew. A few people — about half who passed me — did it on the charity ride a couple of weeks ago and I appreciated it so much that I’ve been doing it, too. This is another reason why #2, above, is not a good idea… especially in an area of heavy traffic where you’d think one might want to be aware and keep their wits about them. Sheesh. Yeah.
Okay? Thanks. It feels good to get that off my chest.
There’s been little knitting this week, but guess what?! I’ve been weaving in ends!! There’s a long way to go, but starting is the hardest. Ain’t that the truth about so many things?