I decided this weekend that, barring a volcanic eruption or freak snow storms, I would commute to work this week.
Wet this morning, with a nice rooster tail of water/muck/grit flying up into my face from the front tire. It actually made me kind of laugh. I don't know that I want to put something else (like a fender) onto the bike, but I might need to.
I'm still new to commuting. I've realized that if I think about it too much, my mind will move toward the negative aspects (it's wet/hot, I'm going to be cold/hot, it takes longer, people in cars want me dead). I decided my thinking is all wrong. I need to focus on the positive aspects (I like to ride my bicycle, I don't have to sit in bumper to bumper traffic, I'm not burning gas, it's good exercise, and I can figure out safer routes to travel) to keep myself on the bike. I want bike commuting to stop being a novelty & become simply the thing I do to get to/from work. It's pouring down right now, but should let up by quittin' time. And even if it's still raining, I know that I have all the gear I need to stay dry & warm while I ride home. Rooster tails & all.