- I didn’t have to drive two hours to ride.
- It didn’t cost me $25.
- The route looped through a wonderful mix of flats, rollers and 8 big climbs rather than following a big flat square.
- When I wanted to ride hard, I did – when I didn’t want to, I didn’t.
- Nobody yelled at me.
- I didn’t have to frantically suck glop out of a pouch at 25 mph – far more enjoyable to stop at a beautiful state park and eat a tasty Powerbar Triple Threat (chocolate peanut butter crisp!) at leisure.
- The winter winds didn’t seem so biting, probably because there were actually trees around for shelter.
- I never came anywhere close to crashing.
- Nobody yelled at me!
- When I finished I felt good about what I did rather than disappointed that I didn’t do better.
- I didn’t have to smell my own sweat for 2 hours before showering.
- I got in 42 miles and still had time during the rest of the day to watch the morning news, pay the bills, fix the dryer vent, and get to tonight’s bug meeting.
I will concede one thing, however – the post-ride pizza (California Pizza Kitchen) was good, but Shakespeare’s would have been better!
Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2009