So today I finally motivated myself to do want I really had been wanting to do this weekend, ride. Yesterday I was operating on a lack of sleep and just looking outside and seeing the wind blow made me cringe. So instead I did a few things around the house, some errands and celebrated a friend’s birthday. Then crashed. Hard.
This morning I woke up and thought. Okay, before I shower I am going to ride. I’m going to bundle up and enjoy this beautiful day. It’s cold and looks a little windy but so what, once I’m out there I will be fine. Of course I’m sitting with a cup of coffee in my hand staring at my computer looking out the window and thinking “you know the gym is nice and warm”. No, I can’t let the weather stop me. So I knew what I had to do. Force myself.
So force myself to ride I did. I bundled up and was ready to roll. Sort of. I kept telling myself once I got away from my house the wind wouldn’t be so bad and it would end up being a beautiful day. So I got out the door with Yoshi, my mid 80s Nishiki road bike, and off I went. The first few miles through town weren’t bad until I turned onto Haywood Road in West Asheville and the wind hit. Damn! “Okay it’s just this road” I told myself and kept pedaling. My goal was to head out to Candler and do a loop around Enka Lake (I don’t care if they renamed it Biltmore Lake, it’s always Enka Lake in my mind).
Well I turned off Haywood and for a short while the wind subsided. Then it came back, in full force blowing me a few feet out into the lane. Crap! I debated turning around and heading back to my warm home. I didn’t. I kept going knowing the next corner would be less windy and I was right. Of course the corner after that the wind came back. So it went as I rode along the wind coming and going pushing me around and reminding me just how much I detest it.
See it can be cold, really cold, and I don’t mind bundling up and heading out but as soon as that enemy of mine, the wind, comes around I become a sissy. Today I fought against my enemy and did go for a 25 mile ride and it was worth it despite being thoroughly chilled when I arrived back home.
The wind does have one advantage, clouds. The clouds were quite beautiful and embraced the mountains as I rode along.
So despite my distaste for the wind I did enjoy a nice rolling ride with some beautiful views and I hate to admit, that is partially because of the wind.