There's a group ride today going straight by my place at 10:30am. There were a couple emails shuffled around yesterday about it and I'm thinking of tagging along.
I was out last night. It was an impromptu thing and there were more people just hanging around than couples which was kind of an anomaly being Valentines Day and such. So anyway, I slept in a little bit this morning and it just dawned on me that it's Wednesday right now and not the typical weekend morning that it feels like... sitting here in pj's at 8:00am contemplating a group ride.
I'm fortunate enough to have a small but sustainable business and can schedule some hours here and there to ride in the middle of a work day but I'm thinking 'what's up with the rest of these guys? Don't they work?' I'm pretty sure they aren't self employed and I'm smiling to myself thinking about the stories they've told in order to get off the grid for 4 hours today. Not that I care at all but the fly on the wall in me is a little curious.
It's another warmish day (mid 40's) which is unprecedented for February so I figure everyone is taking full advantage. There are a lot of fit racers around here right now which is the way it should be. We were talking about this last night. Because the weather has been so amenable, many of us are further along in our training than normal. But to think we are going to crush the spring season because of it would be a mistake because it's all relative. The weather is the same for everyone, meaning that if we are able to get out and train for 4 hours in February then so is everyone else which levels everything out.
I'm not sure where I'm going with this other than to say that keeping a proper perspective is important in managing expectations on and off the bike.