It’s amazing what a difference a day makes. Yesterday the sun was shinning and I rode with just my cycling jersey without a vest or jacket. We woke to find the coast was socked in with fog. The weather app showed only a 20% chance of rain so we tucked our rain gear in. It was cold a nearly 20 degree difference in temperature from 64 to 45.We lunched indoor at Tillamook cheese visitor center and afterwards the rain came in. It was light but persistent and we thought surely the rain would stop and did not put on our rain gear. After an hour of rain and at the top of a 600 ft climb, we relented and put on our rain gear. Lightening and thunder followed and then hail. We were dirty with road grime and we did not out on our rain covers. Our shoes were thoroughly wet. When we arrived to the motel our only wish was for a hot shower, a washing machine, and coffee.
When I’m riding and it’s a beautiful day like yesterday my mind is clear and empty and I am absorbing all of the beauty and details of the area we’re riding in. On a cold and wet rainy day my mind and spirit become weak and I become blind to my surroundings and stay inside of my head. A game of mind ping pong begins and I think of everything but the ride. I can become angry and agitated thinking about things that have nothing to do with the ride. If only I could train my mind to enjoy the ride in sun and during rain, then I would enjoy the ride no matter what. I guess that’s a lesson for life you can learn on the road.