The easiest way for bicycling to woo a person is on a bright, sunny day with birds chirping. However, to move past the initial stages of infatuation and build a solid relationship, bicycling must endure the ups and downs of real life. By trudging through, you will realize that the bicycle allows you to feel alive and connected to the world.
People nowadays are too hermetically sealed. When’s the last time you played in the rain? I like being able to answer that question: “Today!” The force powerful enough to send me on a 12-mile roundtrip in 50 degree rain was a showing of Richard III at the Shakespeare Theatre. My toes and fingers were freezing, my tights were soaked through, and my bow was dripping water down my neck. I’m not sure if the ride was fun, but it was exhilarating.
Under the raincoat, helmet and droplets, this is what I looked like. Thrifted dress and vintage bow. Ankle boots next time: it’s officially too cold for pumps.
A ride to a show at the Shakespeare Theatre is my favorite way to spend a Saturday.
Was ever woman in this humour woo’d?
Was ever woman in this humour won?
I’ll have her; but I will not keep her long.
What! I, that kill’d her husband, and his father,
To take her in her heart’s extremest hate;
With curses in her mouth, tears in her eyes,
The bleeding witness of her hatred by;
Having God, her conscience, and these bars against me,
And nothing I to back my suit withal
But the plain devil and dissembling looks,
And yet to win her, all the world to nothing!
Oh, Richard, such a romantic!
I think America’s love affair with cars is analogous to Richard III and the subject of the monologue – cars keep killing people and still we marry them!
I know my relationship with cycling was cemented by the long winter we spent together. When did you realize that your relationship with cycling was serious? Or if you’re new to cycling, what do you think about the possibility of continuing to ride in the rain and snow? I’d love to hear your thoughts!