Sunday, March 12, 2017

spring, finally

Today I enjoyed the longest bike ride I'd had since last summer. Not terribly ambitious, and I was tired when I got home, but it was still enjoyable.
I filled a couple of bags of bike jerseys and spare parts to trade at the secondhand sporting goods store in SE Portland, loaded up the Bridgestone and headed out. Sunny and warm, with a high near 60F, made my snail's pace a thing to be savored rather than suffered.

Crocuses bloomed all along my route, and the first daffodils -- a bit late but still beautiful -- had opened too. And although my pace was slow and every uphill was an effort, I was glad to be outside, on my bike, after a hard, cold winter that had sapped me of so much emotional and physical energy.
If I can ride like this daily now that things have warmed up, I know I will feel better, happier.
I went ahead and signed up to participate in #thirtydaysofbiking again this year, if only to give myself some motivation to get outside more regularly no matter what.


Nancy said...

So glad you are able to get out there - finally. Here in the Seattle area we have very similar weather and I am not getting the rides I normallly get. The best to both of us riding more in April. Thanks for reminding me about 30 Days -- I have done it the past 3-4 years and love the challenge.
I too got out on Sunday during some dry moments for a solo ride at "my" easy and enjoyable pace. A lovely day in the clouds and no rain ;'-)

Anonymous said...

It's nice to find other bloggers who participate in #thirtydaysofbiking. I am starting early, because I won't be able to cycle every day in April. Good luck, have lots of fun!