Is the glass half-full or half empty?
What’s your point of view? Do you see a glass as half-full or half-empty? Does it matter? How does that apply to cycling?
At lunch time today, the temperature was 62 degrees, far exceeding the expectation I had from watching the weather forecast last night. On the other hand, the wind was blowing from the Southwest at 24 mph, with gusts up to 34 mph. Seems to be a half-full glass (or a half-empty one, depending on your point of view). How should you deal with it? I’ve read that the most appropriate way to view the situation is to take your half-full glass and pour it into a smaller glass. One that will be filled to the brim or overflowing. Now you’ve got a full glass, no matter if you’re an optimist or a pessimist! You haven’t really changed the amount of drink, but you have reset your expectations. That’s exactly what I did today…reset my expectations to realize that the wind was blowing and that I could either go for a windy ride or not go.
I chose to go. It was windy. But it was also sunny and warm. I wore my shorts and a jacket. I rode fast when the wind was sort of behind me. I rode slow when it wasn’t. I was on the road, and not setting in the office at lunch time.
My average speed for this 10 miles was 16.3 mph, but that’s not necessarily a reflection of how slow I was riding at times. The three blocks each way down Commercial Street were downright treacherous. The buildings on either side funnelled and swirled the wind, literally pummeling me and the bike in a way that I don’t think I’ve experienced before while cycling.
I may try to ride again tonight…depending on the weather and the size of my glass.
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