It’s funny how I can obsess over things that don’t matter. After a week out of town at a conference, stuck inside all day and night, you’d think that I’d just be happy to have an opportunity to ride.
Instead, I spent last night obsessing over temperature and wind forecasts and routing options. I spent far too much time trying to avoid heat and wind.
In the end, it didn’t matter. Every route is going to have heat and wind. Besides, instead of my usual 6:30am start, I didn’t roll out until 8:30am.
It was already warming up, and the wind was howling. So after all that obsessing, I ended up just happy for an opportunity to be out there. I adapted.
There were two strategies employed to make the day more enjoyable. First, I selected the Ramble route since it is mostly gravel and well out of the way of the holiday traffic.
Second, I deliberately backed-off on the pace from my recent rides. So what if the wind was peeling the whiskers off my chin? That’s what low gears are for.
So call me Pokey. I was on the Ramble route, and was in pure ramble mode. It’s a nice route. No reason to roll through it too fast, or to be too distracted by gasping for air to enjoy the countryside.
Whether for riding a bicycle, or for more weightier life matters, I hope I learned a lesson today.
If I could figure out how to get around the 13hr drive (actually, I have no clue how far it is) I would gladly volunteer.
Good going', Pokey. Me too.
Beautiful pictures and words. Thank you.
It's windy and getting pretty warm this afternoon but, after reading your words, I feel inspired to take a short and pokey spin into town a little later. Three cheers for "pokey-ness" and thanks for sharing yet another valuable lesson.
Good advice and perspective. Beautiful pictures, as always!
Summer time is here! Classes our out, so I am planning some mini adventures and may find myself cycling through your "neighborhood." I love those gravel roads and woodland settings. Your pictures make North Texas seem more aesthetically pleasing than one would expect if they've never left I35.
If you're in the neighborhood, and want route suggestions and/or company, let me know.
Pokey rides are usually the most memorable.
I love Texas! Sky King is ambivalent. Maybe this would be a good excuse to get her to come down and see what all my fuss is about. When is the Ramble?
Bike Hermit, traditionally the Ramble is held on the Saturday before December 21st. Assuming that holds true for 2012 (no known reason to change at this point), that would be December 15.I've now got a nice 70-mile route that I might schedule for sometime earlier in the fall. No commitment on that, but am considering it.
I'm FOREVER re-learning this lesson. Forever being painfully reminded that I'm not an athlete — and then pleasantly reminded of the rewards of having been active all my life. As in, a ride like the one above; so lovely. I have posts about times and efforts and numbers, and I have posts about long steady joy-rides through the country, gravel or otherwise. Someday — someday — the two will merge within me and I will be happy whenever I'm on a bike.