You know how when you’ve got a runny/stuffy nose, the best thing to clear it out is a good sneeze? Second, you know how you can pretty much guarantee a sneeze if you look up at the sun? OK, lets bring it all home now. Ever notice how cold and flu season coincides with overcast, non-sunny weather?
THIS IS GOD MOCKING YOU.
So this morning I began my second try at a year end total of 1500 cycled miles. You may recall that my 2009 attempt ended abruptly, just 75 miles short of the goal. Well, now I’m 10 days into the new year, and only 45.21 miles behind schedule. What a way to start. 4.23 miles a day doesn’t sound like much when my commute is about 7 miles one way if I take the short route. But when you factor in things like this morning’s 19 degree weather, it suddenly becomes a little more daunting.
With the loss of last year’s goal looming over me, I knew I couldn’t avoid biking in cold weather much longer. Having a month with no miles covered makes the other 11 that much harder. I squashed my biggest hurdle by buying some nice warm gloves. I had bought some cheap ones last year, and lost one of them over the summer, so it was easy to make up excuses to not ride. I do need all my fingers for work. So despite sleeping horribly last night, interrupted by a vomiting toddler (and that line right there cements the topic of all the comments for this post), I managed to get up this morning, dress up like Randy from A Christmas Story and make my way to work.
Over the weekend we had a little bit of snow. Just enough to create nice slabs of ice on everything, and no weather warm enough to melt much of it away. I was a little afraid of sliding around this morning, so I took the route that puts me on the Greenway for all but 1.5 miles. That way if I’m sliding around, at least it’s no where near any 2 ton steel death boxes.
While the weekend rush of cars had managed to clean of most of the roads, the Greenway was still patched with snice – the product of light snow fall freezing into crumbly ice patches over days without any replenishing snow. I wanted to take some pictures, but that would have required me to free my hand from my new toasty gloves. Again, I need those.
The commute itself was rather uneventful. I think I enjoy riding the Greenway right now as I’ve learned to slow down and not race to and from work every day. Next time I feel the hankering for speed I’ll get back on the roads and pass the long lines of cars that stack up in the mornings. That’s always fun.
So, no real moral lesson of wisdom to impart. Just documenting my first sub-twenty-degree commute. Sprry if I made you super jealous.
I know weather is relative to one’s location and all, but today is an amazingly beautiful day. Things can get stressful, and days can get busy, but on a day like today, where you can feel the sun on one side of your face, and the cool breeze on the other…those are the days you HAVE to take 5 minutes and lay in the grass. Close your eyes, listen to your surroundings, and just drink it all in.
No matter where you are in life, this is just one of the things that make it wonderful.
I’m flipping through the channels, and everything on the screen is green and red. Ever since those tornadoes happened in downtown Atlanta, all the news stations go nuts about anything weather related. Light showers in the morning? Have you prepared your disaster kit? So all this screaming about how you’re going to die from a humid morning sorta drowns out nights like tonight, where I knew nothing of the impending hail storm that beat my car like a kid with too much lunch money. I was lucky enough to get of the bus before the rain started, which was nice, but it was weird to watch the weather get worse and worse with every turn I took.
First turn brought rain, second brought small, intermittent hail, third brought full on hail, fourth brought no-visibility rain and baseballs from the sky.
Gah, what a low. “Get weather reports from tonybullard.com!” Sorry.