...and you were riding your bike, or horse in the evening? do you remember that feeling when a sudden warm or cold burst of air hits you as you ride through it? I forgot about that feeling until it happened to me last night as I was riding home from a session in the woods. Stop, think about that feeling and take a moment to embrace that memory. I rode dirt bike and BMX a lot as a kid and have countless memories of those occurrences. Whether the air was cold or warm I definitely have warm feelings towards those moments.
The weather out by McLean Creek is often cooler than the air in the city. as I was riding home last night about 10km from town I was hit by a great warm air burst. It was a relief as my hands were starting to get a little numb. It was a chilly night after the sun started to set. As I was hit by that warm burst of air I couldn't help but to equate it to the ride I had earlier in the evening.
I am no longer able to ride on Wednesday nights with the RMDRA guys so i had to sort out a group to ride with that night. I found some people from ADVrider.com that ride dual sport bikes like my own that usually meet on Thursday evenings at McLean. I didn't know them at all, in fact, I had never even seen their screen names before. Anyway, we met up and had a ride together. Now, back to the story, as we were riding I ended up leading. I knew the trails we took well and overall they were quite easy. We're just riding along at a good pace and suddenly, we encounter a blast of cold air, not literally, but rather a blast of difficulty. These difficulty blasts are what keep me riding. It's funny, I've mentioned before that I have removed much emotion from my life, and this is one of the only times that I feel it. It's anxiety.
Imagine traveling at a decent pace, feeling good, finding a rhythm in the trail. Then suddenly you encounter an insurmountable obstacle, or so it seems.
That is why I love to ride. I love to be able to see a problem and tackle it instantly, no time to pause and contemplate, no time to talk yourself out of it, only time to make a decision to do it, or to quit. I really enjoy those blasts of cold air that I encounter on a bike. I love to have a physical challenge. These are the things that make me want to continue from day to day, I'll take a cold blast anytime.
Here's a slideshow of our ride.