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Old 06-30-14, 09:18 AM   #1
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Today's Victory

I woke up early this morning in order to ride to work, but found myself feeling rather tired. My groggy brain was telling me to skip the ride and sleep in. I forced myself to crawl out of bed, but when I looked outside it was raining. My sleepiness caused me to silently rejoice, and I decided that this was the excuse I needed to drive the car. I crawled back into bed and reset my alarm clock for 40 minutes later looking forward to getting a few more minutes of sleep.

I don't think I laid there for 30 seconds thinking about my mileage goals when my conscience spoke up and said, "So why do you bother to own a bike with fenders?" I got back out of bed and rode to work as I originally had planned.

Once I arrived at work I'm glad I made the right choice. One small victory at a time.
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Old 06-30-14, 09:49 AM   #2
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good for you.

few would have even noticed the irony.
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Old 06-30-14, 09:49 AM   #3
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Good work then. It is definitely tougher to start out in the rain, but usually isn't so bad once you're going.

Good luck with the mileage goals!
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Old 06-30-14, 12:44 PM   #4
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Everyone has those days when we don't feel quite right, our energy levels may be a little lower when we wake up in the morning, that's when commuting becomes more mental then anything else, it's the battle in the mind... In this case, driving wouldn't of made you feel any better, so it's a good thing you rode your bike, now at least you feel like you overcame some negative feelings...It's a real shame to spend money on fenders and rain gear and then avoid riding because of rain.
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LOL great share! rain makes it more interesting, don't you think?
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I don't mind playing "rain/storm roulette" on occasion with the weatherman for the afternoon ride home when making the decision in the morning whether or not to ride, but I'm pretty rigid about not setting out on two wheels in the morning when rain or a thunderstorm on the morning ride in is probable or certain. If I lived in the PNW I might modify my attitude, along with my cycling gear.
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+1000!
I have enjoyed many rainy bike rides, I enjoy every ride once I start. But I don't think I have ever started a ride when it has already been raining, when I have had a choice. Gonna have to get me some of them fenders!
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Everyone has those days when we don't feel quite right, our energy levels may be a little lower when we wake up in the morning, that's when commuting becomes more mental then anything else, it's the battle in the mind... In this case, driving wouldn't of made you feel any better, so it's a good thing you rode your bike, now at least you feel like you overcame some negative feelings...It's a real shame to spend money on fenders and rain gear and then avoid riding because of rain.
This, exactly!
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I had a similar experience two days ago... it was drizzling and I had to go to the supermarket and run a few errands. I procrastinated for a bit while waiting for rain to stop, but it was the kind of drizzle that would last throughout the day. Eventually I made up my mind, dressed up, and got out on the bike. It was a really pleasant ride! It wasn't wet enough to have the cars splash you, and it *did* stop drizzling halfway through the way back home. I'm glad I decided to go out.
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I woke up early this morning in order to ride to work, but found myself feeling rather tired. My groggy brain was telling me to skip the ride and sleep in. I forced myself to crawl out of bed, but when I looked outside it was raining. My sleepiness caused me to silently rejoice, and I decided that this was the excuse I needed to drive the car. I crawled back into bed and reset my alarm clock for 40 minutes later looking forward to getting a few more minutes of sleep.

I don't think I laid there for 30 seconds thinking about my mileage goals when my conscience spoke up and said, "So why do you bother to own a bike with fenders?" I got back out of bed and rode to work as I originally had planned.

Once I arrived at work I'm glad I made the right choice. One small victory at a time.
Very cool. To paraphrase JFK, we dont do these things because they are easy, but because they can sometimes be harder.

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