For any cyclists visiting this page, please read the last two paragraphs.
With all the snow swirling around, in most circumstances, I would never have left my office unless it were time to go home. That’s not entirely true. I might go out for a beer, or food–basically what I am trying to say is that I really didn’t plan to out this afternoon between my elective and core classes. I had a crappy book to read, or YouTube videos to watch, or if worse came to worse, lessons to plan.
Instead, I laced up my boots, donned my toque, wrapped a scarf around my neck and headed off into the snow to go look at bike stuff. I am considering getting mountain bike shoes and pedals to take on my trip–if any of you have any thoughts on this I would love to hear it. More on this later.
What makes this Today’s Perfect Moment is not so much getting out in the snow, but rather defeating inertia that would have kept me inside. I could easily have put off my pedal search for another day. I could easily have made a cup of coffee and read at my desk or searched for some random nothing (like I did before I started composing this post) on the internet. The snow could have been seen as a deterrent, but it wasn’t. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
For most of you struggling to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions, just beat the inertia–bodies in motion, stay in motion. Bodies at rest, stay at rest. I got wet but I got some exercise. I didn’t stay cooped up. Just something to think about.
As for my pedal quest, any and all cyclists, I would love your opinion. If you know a cyclist, please ask them to weigh in. Send them a link if you can. I would appreciate it.
I am taking a cycling trip in Vietnam. We are going to be on Trek mountain bikes. The temperature is going to be around 18 degrees C. Obviously, I can wear sandals, but we are going to do between 40 and 90 kilometres a day. I am thinking pedals and cleats just to make it easier and to avoid any blisters. It is a bit of an investment, but it might be worth it.