Today a friend of mine called and asked if I wanted to go bicycling. It had not even crossed by mind. It is easy to fall into a rut and think the winter weather will be too cold and uncomfortable. Also, it’s easy for me to think that with carcinoid tumor and atrial fibrillation that I should not do it in cooler weather (not true unless perhaps I am having active symptoms).
I went with him this afternoon and we rode 20 miles. He is 7 years older than I am and could ride the hills faster. Going to the gym and riding stationary bikes does not prepare you for outdoor riding on a real bike very well. The temperature was around 52 degrees fahrenheit and there was a chilling breeze, but I have gear for much colder so I can ride fairly comfortably. We rode around Cherry Creek Reservoir to the top of a hill where we could see the front range partially (because it was mostly cloudy).
Very nice. I am lucky to have friends who ask me to participate which reminds me that I can and should do the things that make me happy.