How completely awesome yesterday's ride was. The weather was lousy as it has been for the past week.
But this time - the temperature was warm enough for an outside ride. I wore my bike shorts, but wore long sleeves and a wind jacket on the upper half. I also had on my long gloves.
I was a little cold going out but felt real good. There was not fog to speak of but you could feel the moisture in the air. I knew that at anytime the sky could open up and dump on me. It has been awhile since I got caught in a storm on my bike. The thought of it made my heartbeat quicken.
My pace was good, my cadence regular. Kick over the top and pull on the bottom. Legs feeling fresh after the first few miles. Heartrate good, breathing slow. Up ahead a hill - BOOM - out of the saddle and over the hill without even a slowdown. Cool.
Now I'm out in the country - away from most of the houses. I look around and behind me - dark clouds all around. What was that that I felt? A raindrop? Oh Yeah! Out of the saddle again - push hard - have to get to the turn around point. Too late - here it comes.
The rain hits hard, stinging at my face, windblown, cold. Cars pass me by - the look is priceless - what kind of idiot is out riding in the freezing rain? A TRIATHLETE I shout to the sky. I feel something strange on my face - what could it be?
It is the biggest smile that I have had all year. And the year is just starting. :-)