This morning I have Jimmy Buffett’s song “Feel Like Surfin’ in a Hurricane” stuck in my head.
I suspect that this is the case because: (1) I like Jimmy Buffett, and often have one of his songs stuck in my head, and (2) I had a really fun & challenging bike ride last night through the feeder bands of Tropical Storm Isaac.
I had planned to do about 30 miles yesterday afternoon. To say the winds were significant yesterday is an understatement. While I’m not a meteorologist, I’d guess that the sustained winds were probably 15mph with gusts into the mid-to-upper-20′s. After having a really fun & productive day around the house, I decided that it would probably be beneficial to my training (as well as a little fun) to get out on the bike.
Here’s what the winds felt like:
Heading out, I was really hoping that I’d have a tail wind for part of the ride. Um. That’s not what Mother Nature had in mind for me. I had a crossing wind for the entire ride.
So what’s a guy to do? I hunkered down on my aero bars – tried to get as small as I could – and motored on. Sure, I got blown around a little. Yes, I got rained on for about half my ride. I got honked at by cars (OK, in all honesty, it was my wife as she was running an errand).
I had the time of my life!
It was so much fun to be out in challenging weather. I’m sure that it will pay dividends at some point.
I returned home soaked to the core, with lots of dirt and road grime covering me. As I put the bike away, it seemingly drained a gallon of water.
Perhaps I looked crazy out there on my bike. There were no other cyclists on the road. No joggers, either, for that matter. Just me, the wind & the rain. I don’t mind looking crazy. There’s nothing like riding in a hurricane (or tropical storm)