I mentioned in an earlier post that I don’t force myself to ride if I feel it would be unsafe or really unpleasant. But when does that become an excuse rather than a reason? I need to make sure that I’m pushing myself sufficiently beyond my comfort zone to discover my limits.
Here are the reasons I did not ride my bike to work today:
1) Heavy snow, snow, snow, brown slush.
2) I cannot carry my heavy Dutch bike up from the basement myself (her temporary secure parking spot) and when my husband offered to help before leaving for work, I was too sleepy to consider the offer.
3) I had an evening board meeting scheduled that was 12 miles from the office and another 6 miles from my home.
These seemed like good reasons this morning, but by the end of the day they seemed like lame excuses. I feel like a slug and could use a cold-weather cycling pick-me-up. I have studded tires to handle the snow and ice, so I should not hide from heavy snow. Also, I could not have predicted this, but my meeting was cancelled due to the severe weather. On top of all of that, my morning el commute was a-w-f-u-l! Twice I had to let full trains pass and when I got on the train, I was packed like a sardine.
So what can I learn from this? Well, I realized that I never regret a decision to ride my bike, but I often regret a decision not to ride my bike. Thus, I should just ride my bike!