In the Great Outdoors

I went for a bike ride yesterday, my first time outdoors since the JDRF Ride to Cure in Nashville. (Well, that’s not exactly true, but the less than two miles I rode with a bent derailleur hanger don’t really count.) A number of factors conspired to keep me off the bike—travel, marathon training, daylight savings time—but most of my reasons are self-imposed. I was recovering, cleaning house, taking it easy . . . slowly forgetting how much joy cycling brings me. But every time I get back on the bike after a break I feel an instant rush of joy. I remember how much I love doing this and why.

And so it was Sunday when I went out for a relatively short 27-mile ride. The air was fairly cool, and I was bundled up in my new jacket and inherited Bike Switzerland jersey. I decided to go up to Grafton and then loop back around toward home. I had missed the hills, and most of the roads where I live go uphill at some point, so we got reacquainted. After some rollers, I started the 4-mile climb up to Grafton. I could tell that I had lost a bit of my late season bike fitness, but without anything to prove I didn’t really care.

The weather was great, cool enough that I had to zip up my jacket on the downhills or when the sun went behind a cloud, and I had it zipped way down when going up the big climb that brought me back to the center of Upton. I could go straight and be home in six, mostly downhill miles. Or . . . I could turn right and add a few miles. “It’s all uphill, you know?” That little voice inside me said. “Yeah, but we’ve got nowhere to go, so why not?” I replied. “Damn straight!”

Here’s hoping that the nice weather holds up for a while longer.

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2 Responses to In the Great Outdoors

  1. scully says:

    I invested in some hefty winter riding gear in an attempt to get out as much as I can this winter. Many things will keep me indoors like snow, darkness and a temperature limit. But… weekends are a go.
    it’s going to be a long tough winter. Let’s move to California okay?

  2. Jeff Mather says:

    I wish we had easier access to California weather! Or California had more of what I look for in a place to live… or whatever. At any rate, I’m definitely going to try to get outside more this winter. I have most of the warm gear I need (except insulated cycling shoes/boots). Last winter I tried to make it out once per month during the winter. This year, I’ll try for twice.

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