I love riding in the fall, but not for the normal reasons…. Cool weather, changing colors – those are great, but they pale in comparison to my reason for loving fall cycling.
I got home from work at 3:30 in the afternoon. You’re thinking that’s an easy day, right? That was 13-1/2 hours. Better to work when every one else is sleeping, I get more done. Anyway, I was whooped so I took a 20 minute nap. I woke up recharged and ready to go.
I dealt with some work stuff while I readied the Trek. I waited till 5, changed and headed out the door.
It was warm out, maybe three degrees above normal, or a perfect room temperature. I had a smile stretched across my face before I rolled over the quarter-mile mark. Coming up on the middle of October and I’m riding outside in shorts and short-sleeves. It just doesn’t get better than that.
I just did my normal 17.6 mile route and I loved every one of the 4,940(ish) pedal strokes. There was nothing unique about my ride yesterday, but it was good.
It rained all day Thursday, and Wednesday too. Wednesday was a day off and I rode the trainer on Thursday. Good Lord, the trainer…. Not the trainer!
I love autumn cycling because the weather this time of year is a little crappy, so every chance I get to ride outdoors is special. Every ride feels like a treat, and for that, I am grateful.