Like many of you, my weekends are busy. I had planned to ride this morning because it was the only window of time I had all weekend. When the wind woke me up and I saw the forecast I was not impressed.
I needed to ride early but debated due to the conditions outside. Then I decided to practice what I preach and invoke the “15 minute rule”. I often tell my athletes to give a workout that they are contemplating skipping a 15 minute test. If after 15 minutes they still feel like they don’t want to do it (for reasons like mood, fatigue, health, weather) then they can call it a day. What I find is that more often than not, once a workout has been started, people carry on with it – especially if it involves driving to a pool!
So, I got dressed and got on the road. I planned a route that would keep me fairly close to home in case conditions changed for the worse.
Yes, it was windy but the wind was kind of fun! After 15 minutes I was used to it and it felt great being out early with minimal vehicular traffic. I changed directions on my route often so I was able to experience a headwind, tailwind and crosswinds from different directions. My 15 minute ride turned into 2 hours.
I was reminded of a few things along the way…
- My core! When fighting a strong crosswind, I needed to engage my core to stay upright.
- Riding in crosswinds takes focus. When I was leaning into the crosswind and the gust passed, I had to be ready to shift my body weight. Almost went down once.
- Riding uphill AND into the wind is really tough – but really great for building fitness!
- High speed downhills with strong crosswinds are scary!
- Red flashing taillights are not just for riding at night.
I only passed 2 cyclists when I was out this morning. But, I saw several red flashing lights. I couldn’t see the bikes or their riders in the distance but I could see their flashing red tail lights. This reminded me to turn mine on as I was a solo rider, and it was overcast. Calgary law requires red taillights to be on at dusk, night time or in low visibility conditions (rain/fog) but seeing first hand how visible the taillights of riders far off in the distance were convinced me to turn mine on for safety.
I’m glad I decided to try to ride for 15 minutes rather than roll over in bed this morning. Next time you’re low on mojo or waffling about a session, try it for 15 minutes and see what happens. 😀