Today turned out better than expected. The forecast called for rain, but it held off until late in the day. I was able to get in a good ride and run after for yet another brick workout. The wind was a factor, a big factor. My ride today was along the roads in the Cuyahoga National Park where the towpath is. I have to drive my bike to ride there, but it is a welcomed journey since it is much flatter with modest hills compared to what I ride around my home. I was quite surprised at the attitude of the cars that passed. When I ride the mostly rural roads by my home, the cars pass carefully are almost never beep. Even though I am riding along a road with many other cyclist, signs of a bicycle with “Share the Road” written on them, and in a National Park – I must have had five different cars beep their horns. One minivan waited until she was next to me and then beeped long and loud. When I got to a light and the BMW that beeped and swerved right in front of me was stopped it took everything in me not to remind him I could own that car of his and his house if he hit me. When I ride I am so aware of the road hazards – potholes, road kill, branches, and listening for cars. I don’t expect the cars to intentionally create additional hazards.
After I road just over 20 miles I decided the wind was the greatest hazard when a semi truck passed me and the draft from the truck coupled with the strong winds nearly knocked me over. I put my bike in my car, put on my running shoes (and yes, remembered to take off my helmet and gloves) and headed out on the towpath for a two mile run. I remembered to take my electrolyte caps before I road and my run was a good one. No cramping, a good pace, and my breathing adjusted within the first half mile.
After my workout I was able to drive over and visit my father. He lives much closer to the towpath than I do. I get over to see him every week, but in the summer I like to work my ride into a visit. For 91, soon to be 92 in August, he is holding up well. Spending some time with him quickly took the frustrating thoughts of the drivers along my ride away. I was reminded that days are fleeting and each moment is to be appreciated. Hopefully the drivers who like to use their horns found a moment today too that awakened them to what is to be appreciated.
On my way home the rain started to fall in various areas. I could see the clouds and rain ahead of me, but fortunately I was either too late or too early to actually be rained on. The best reminder I saw was a rainbow off on the horizon. A reminder that after a storm, or challenge, there is sunshine. And that is a moment to appreciate.