While I was not looking forward to today's four hour ride- starting at 9:00AM, wearing booties (first time), gloves (first time), a jacket (first time)- it turned out to be a beautiful day to ride.
I don't like getting bundled up to ride. I'd rather jump on the trainer and climb Mt. lemon virtual with the heater blowing on me just to simulate the heat that's likely to be the issue in Arizona. And it's a bona fide pain in the ass to fish your nutrition out of that deep well jacket pocket.
You just tend to feel (or you get it in your head) that you can't ride fast, or hard or whatever.
And that's just bull. Maybe it was just having my bike back, with a working drivetrain and race wheels, maybe it was having watched the swim start of Ironman Florida, but I had a really good, solid ride today in blazing sunlight, beautiful blue skies with just a hint of clouds.
The leaves are down now and you get to see the countryside in a way you haven't seen it in a year- the air is crisp and fresh.
It was just an awesome day. And too cold ? No, not today.
Today was just a great day to be on a bike, and I was lucky enough to be out there for one more long ride.