... Oh, calm down. I'm fine. I didn't get hit like that.
I was climbing up a hill at a decent speed when a bee or wasp collided with my bottom lip. Got stung, lip is still swollen 4 hours later and it did hurt/still hurts like hell.
It's been my first insect-in-mouth experience. I've been "full-time" cyclo-commuting for almost a a year now and I'm surprised it's taken this long. I ride with my mouth open more often than I realize and Gainesville, FL is known for a few things: Don't Taze Me Bro, Tim Tebow, and Terry "Hot Quaran" Jones. One thing you don't realize if you aren't familiar with N. Florida is that there's a lot of bugs.
It makes me think about any kind of facial protection. I've been eyeing some eye-wear (pun intended) for a bit now but I'd never thought about mouth or other facial protection. I did plan on wearing a Balaclava this year for those really cold mornings though.
Any others have had a flying protein bite during your commutes?