it's hard to get motivated to go outside when the thermometer reads 39 degrees. that's what it read this morning and i had to push myself to get on my bike. once i did it, i was okay. i rode with little enthusiasm, though. it's hard to get excited when riding fast is so much more difficult. i may have to try embrocation this winter.
the biggest excitement of the day was having to come to a complete stop at the intersection of pine and highway 160. before 6:00 there are seldom any cars coming and i normally slow just enough to make sure the roadway is clear before proceeding into my turn onto the highway. today there was a slow moving car on an intercept course with my body, so i pulled up and waited. not too keen on being another bicycle vs. motor vehicle stat.
i had a little less than an hour to ride, so i rode to conway springs road and back. a few times in there, i got lost in thought. it's really strange to come back to reality, realize you're on a bike and you have no idea where you are. in the dark, it's sometimes hard to figure out too.
i was dressed properly for the weather, i guess. i kind of wish i'd worn another layer on top, but i probably would've regreted the addition had i actually put it on. i didn't regret any of the other clothing choices i made. my skull cap was definitely needed this time.
hope all of you are enjoying warm weather and calm winds. (14.29 miles @ 15.7mph)