Today was a very wintery commute on my bike! Kind of unexpected for November. I hesitated about whether or not to bail and drive my car, and then decided not to let "my big but . . ." get in the way (as in "I would have ridden my bike today, BUT . . . ").
Today's ride wasn't so much about enjoying the ride, although with the beautiful sunshine all day, I did actually enjoy the ride. It was more about . . .
- Facing a challenge and not letting it stop you
- Pushing yourself towards, or to, or beyond your limits and seeing what you can accomplish
- Setting, meeting, achieving a goal (The goal I set for myself in September was to commute by bike to work as many days as possible until I retire in January.)
- Thinking about "the big picture" - all the things you've experienced and learned in the past - and using that to plan for and execute the ride
- Having an arsenal of appropriate gear and making the right selections when choosing what to wear
- Thinking like a driver - What would the average person driving a car in my neck of the words expect, or not expect when encountering a winter cyclist? And then using that to shape my visibility and behavior on the road
And what value did I get from my ride today? Aside from the physical fitness aspect, I ended up with a great sense of personal accomplishment! What could be better?!
Now, if it had been a blizzard here today like it was to our west, I would NOT have been out riding my bike! I'm not crazy!