Departure: 8:05am (ooops!)
Conditions: 10, sunny, warm and still
Attire: Jeans, riding tops and lacoste sneakers
My blind trick worked again - seeing the blue sky out of the window helps a lot but it was still cosier in bed. Damn flannelette sheets! Anyway it was a beautiful ride - I catch whiffs of different blossoms as I sail through Seddon and spent most of my time in 4th gear on Footscray road - was still in 3rd going up the bridge! I thought I must have entered a new phase of fitness until I rounded the bend onto Lorimer Street where suddenly it was grey with a strong headwind - maybe it was the tail wind helping me along before, or my freshly pumped tyres?
Whatever it was, the fitness and environmental benefits are just nice side effects - I'm doing this for the pleasure and nothing else. I think this is the key to a lot of things - do it because you enjoy it - not because you feel like you should do it - should improve your fitness or should reduce your carbon emissions. Like so many things in life, when you do what you enjoy a host of other benefits naturally follow.
On the way home it was raining lightly - but enough to sting my face. An unmarked police car passed within inches of me on Lorimer street and I just wanted to get home. I considered waiting under a bridge for the rain to subside but decided I'd rather be wet but home sooner, than standing outside waiting for who knows how long? At least it wasn't a cold day.