My ride today was filled with wild variations. A super harsh headwind in the morning and a powerful tailwind in the evening. A calm, safe ride on the Lakefront Trail most of the way and a stressful, congested ride through downtown the rest of the way. Starting out a bit too cold and ending up a bit too hot. Life is full of ups and downs, and dealing with it on my bike helps me appreciate the balance. I really think bike commuting can be as mindful and therapeutic as yoga sometimes.
Does your bike commute have many ups and downs or is it mostly the same each time? Do you ever get an opportunity to relax or are you constantly on edge about cars? I think people who don’t ride bikes assume that riding in the city is constantly stressful and dangerous, but that has not been my experience (only sometimes). I admit to being spoiled by the bike path, though, and I’m interested to hear about your experiences.