The other day I went out for a two-ish hour ride. The interesting part is that it was raining. I actually don’t mind riding in the rain, there a certain peacefulness to it. Also a badassness. I only saw one other cyclist, and I’m fairly sure he gave me the same “holy crow another cyclist out in this” look that I gave him.
As I was riding, I noticed that I went through several stages of thought. It goes something like this:
Not so bad:
Ok, now I’m feeling it:
Yeah, so, it started to rain harder, but that’s ok, I still have the jacket, and a hat on, so it’s kind of nice out.
Oh shit I’m soaked:
This damn rain jacket isn’t breathable, huh. Now I’m soaked. I hate this. I want to go home.
I’m soaked anyway, might as well keep riding:
I’m not going to get dryer anytime soon, so I might as well just keep on trucking. Being completely soaked is a release of sorts, I’m not in this middle-ground of trying to stay dry.
Get me home. Now. My hands are all shrivelled up. I’ve drunk more water from the rain than my bottle. I want a shower. Please make this end.
That’s essentially what happened with me. There’s kind of a sixth state which is after the ride, after the shower, when you’ve gotten to work, the “yeah, I did that” feeling. Which is the best. As far as the ride itself, the best thing that can be said is I was out on familiar roads, so I wasn’t trying to reinvent my ride as I went along. I picked out a decent loop that was almost the right amount of distance, and I enjoyed the ride, and also enjoyed not being in the rain afterwards.
How often do you ride in the rain, and what do you enjoy about it?