Since spring is the season of renewal and Easter/Passover are the holidays of renewal, I decided that I would go for a ride of renewal today.
As some of you guys may remember, I'm nursing a recovering back, so my plan was to go 25 miles or so on a somewhat hilly loop, but slowly and always be in a gear lower than normal. I took my touring bike, with an extra low granny and off I went.
I've ridden this loop dozens of times, usually at a fairly hard pace (at least for me). But by going slowly and actually enjoying the sights, sounds and scents of a spring morning, I felt like I was seeing the scenery for the first time. In fact, I couple of times, I thought I might be lost. It was beautiful to "see with new eyes" and I felt very grateful to back in the saddle.
I'm hoping I can keep this attitude. It's gonna be awhile before I'm ready to hammer.