Thursday, September 12, 2013

In Which The Rain Comes Down And Leaves Me Dry

Grey clouds over Mount Mercy University as I ride in on Wednesday morning. No, the wet on the walk is from lawn sprinklers, not Mother Nature. But, an hour later, it did sprinkle.

There was a 20 percent chance of rain Wednesday morning, and I decided I would encourage the Rain Gods and give them a target. So, although I don’t when it’s really wet, I biked.

As it happens, despite the slate grey color of the sky, nothing fell on me while I was commuting, although around 9 a.m., when I was walking across the Mount Mercy University campus, a brief sprinkle did show up.

Rain! Not much and not for long, but actual rain! In the grotto pond at Mount Mercy University.
It’s been a pretty warm, dry stretch here in Iowa—which isn’t terrible news for biking. Some at Mount Mercy have expressed surprise to me that I continue to bike as the temperature has flirted with 100.

Well, it’s less than five miles. At a lazy pace, it’s 30 to 35 minutes. That’s long enough to sweat a little—and some warm mornings I have worn a different shirt for the ride than what I later wear to work in—but the ride is not long enough to be a health issue, as long as I didn’t push myself.

I’m good at not pushing myself, by the way.

We didn’t get much moisture, but the Wednesday sprinkle did single a change. It was a little cool on the morning ride today, and by the forecast (lows in the 40s) I probably will need a sweater Friday morning.

Which, I will like very much, thank you. I do prefer cool biking to hot biking.

Hot biking, on the other hand, beats heck out of no biking!

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