What in the world is wrong with me??? I went for a 12 mile bike ride this morning, in the rain. The first 5 miles were not too bad. A little bit of sprinkles and I had a good tempo, it felt pretty good. The second half was against the wind that picked up all of a sudden and the rain increased at least 3X. This was the point where I started thinking, “Why am I wearing glasses right now?” At least I was able to give the passers going by a wet t-shirt show….probably not what they had in mind while on their way to work. Hopefully they didn’t revisit their breakfast.
I came in the house soaked. Realize when I’m saying this that I wear boxers, then bike shorts, then a pair of regular shorts. All soaked. My shoes were sloshing for crying out loud. I stepped off the bike and water squirted out of them. And that 12th mile. Didn’t have to do it. I went out of my way at the end just so I could say I did 12 instead of 11. I remember somewhere along the way thinking, “Well if Lance Armstrong can go 50 miles in one day in the rain, I can finish this off.” Yeah, I’m not any near close to Armstrong. And oh was I feeling it the rest of the day. It felt like I just got done with a 6 hour horse back ride.
Fortunately things have loosened up a bit and I’m ready to take it easy tonight and tomorrow. I need rest, my body needs a break, and my clothes need to dry. But I did bike 12 miles this morning in 45 minutes. Not too bad. Never again, at least in rain.