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Chillin’ On the Rain Bike, Just to Keep the Streak Alive…


My last day off the bike was June 10th. I want to make it till the end of July without a day off.

With rain in the forecast, it wasn’t looking good. By the time I got home it was only a 30% chance of rain, diminishing as the evening wore on.

I wasn’t going to ride late so I suited up, prepped the Trek, and rolled out.

The real reason for the ride wasn’t so sinister as keeping a streak going. The group ride tonight will be tough. Windy and fast. I needed to get the long weekend miles spun out of my legs before the ride tonight. If I’d taken the day off, the ride tonight would have been considerably harder.

That’s just how it works.

So I rolled out at an easy pace. 18 with a crosswind, 15 into the headwind… just spinning with a smile on my face, following my normal weekday route.

Then it started spitting on me. I was five miles out and would need to manufacture one to get an even ten. I rolled toward home, thinking about where to add the extra. I found my spot and made my turn. I figured I was close to home so if the sky opened up… the raindrops intensified but it never opened up.

I pulled into the driveway just as that last increase before the big rain hit… the drops were getting big.

Three minutes. That’s all I was in the door when it opened up. I beat the rain by a mile and got ten wonderful miles in.

My legs will thank me for it tonight.


9 Comments

  1. Lisa M. Boyd says:

    It’s going to be a very hot week, dangerously hot for us here in the dry climate of Spokane. Reaching 102 tomorrow. I have been trying to figure how wise it is for me to ride. There have been a few days that by the time I hit the pavement of my driveway I am just so spent from the heat. I want the ride, I need the ride, and I know I would feel better for it. I have until 11:00 a.m. until it would just be ridiculous to go out. These are the days most stay home unless they work in the A.C. or are by a body of water to stay cooled off. After reading this I feel I must get some miles in before the heat kicks in.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I rode one 4th of July, it was so hot, it was 115 degrees on the road (the heat was coming up of the asphalt hotter than the air temp). I have no problems till it’s above 100. Then I limit it to morning or evening rides. Good luck!

      • Lisa M. Boyd says:

        Thanks it is more my Doctor putting the yield sign up. Which I will precede with caution. I wrote, and now before it gets to darn hot I am getting ready to ride. My body is not the same as it was before my surgery. I tend to forget this until I start riding. It lets me know in every way. They took from my latissimus muscle in each side, and it has tinges of feeling every now and again. It is me relearning what’s works, and what does not with not complicating matters. So here I go…blessings for a rad day in Him! 🙏🏻

      • bgddyjim says:

        In that case, by all means, proceed with caution!

      • Lisa M. Boyd says:

        Ha! If I dare! I am a little of a live on the edge, and push myself hard personality. I am without a buddy rider, so I have to stick to high trafficked areas (per my husband & being wise). We have so many trails, and they call my name. I do adhere to that though. Our world is crazy right now. Thankfully I live right by Riverfront Park home of the 1974 World’s Fair/Expo. It is gorgeous riding! So maybe that is where my bike will find it’s way to. Tons of parks up here in the Pacific Northwest. So we will just see where my pedals take me! Peace ✌️

  2. Eliza says:

    Do you know any females in real recovery in the UK? Not especially AA as I’ve never touched alcohol.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I know a guy from England… we call him English Pete. He’s in recovery. Sadly, that’s about it! I’ll keep my eyes out and if I notice a good one, I’ll send you her way. AA isn’t only for alcoholics. We say alcoholics to keep it simple. I did all kinds of drugs but I go to AA. It’s the program keeps me off everything.

      • Eliza says:

        Thanks! I know. I plan on if I do it going to AA meetings. I know there are plenty females in NA but very few I’ve ever come across were in true recovery. That’s the main reason I never stuck around NA or really worked a programme for there was too much bringing one down. It wasn’t good for me. I’ve seen very few great meetings. If I do it I’d have to find some great open ones. Although it may have more to do with where I live then anything else. Will see…

      • bgddyjim says:

        Where you live has something to do with it. I hope you find what you need, Eliza. You’re worth it.

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