I have to remind myself that every run or cycle ride is of benefit, whether it is enjoyable or not. Not every cycle ride can be a “great ride” and be memorable for glorious whether, fantastic downhill blasts and a feeling of euphoria.
Early this morning was one of those rides. Although I didn’t enjoy it, I’m pleased I had it as it does help keep things in perspective. I only did 7 miles, covering one of my running routes. I set off at 6.30am and it was very breezy and squally, grey and cold. So cold I wish I had put my winter gloves on. When I got back I had a hot shower and was tempted to put the central heating on but somehow that doesn’t seem the right thing to do in May. This was the first opportunity I’d had to cycle for three or four days and I’d really been missing cycling.
I remember times when I have run and cycled in horrible conditions and people look at me as if I’m crazy. All of those times when it has been bitterly cold, horizontal wind, sleet or blizzard conditions have been valuable, although I have never understood why people say it’s “character building”. I am the way I am. Still, we perhaps have to appreciate challenging times when it is less than enjoyable to really grasp and savour the times when everything is perfect.
Every ride is valuable. Each time there’s benefit, either physically or mentally; just getting out there no matter what. I’ve said it before about not wanting to be 100 years old and having too many regrets about not doing things while I had the opportunity. Just pausing to think, does this cold, hard, short ride of 7 miles count as a “great ride” in terms of blog post categories? Yes, perhaps it does.