Riding in the winter can be a daunting task, especially living in the Pacific Northwest.
Take a look at this photo (thanks PDX underdog!):
Tonight's ride home included:
b) heavy rains
c) darkness! (you gotta say it out loud like Chappelle describes Charlie Murphhhhhhhhy)
Welcome to Portland in December!
By the time I got home, everything was soaked. I mean EVERYTHING. So much for rainproof gloves, pants, jacket, jockstrap, goggles, and hat.
So this leads me to my question...is it worth it?
I replayed this question over and over again in my head every day this week. The answer is yes...
I was approach by a co-worker this afternoon who saw me on my way to the changing room.
Co-worker: Wow, did you bike today?
Me: Yeah, it sucks outside
Co-worker: I just got into walking and bought some waterproof pants and it's way too wet outside for me to even walk.
Me: It's actually not bad when you have waterproof pants, booties, and jacket.
Co-worker: Wow, I didn't know that. Hmmm, maybe I should start walking again. You're great inspiration.
Me: And that's what keeps me riding.
Sometimes in life, you do things and you know they aren't going to be uber fun or 100% awesome, but rather you do them to make an impact on someone else. We all have a responsibility to lead by example. Whether it's picking up the McDonald's wrapper on your dog walk or helping a neighbor who is locked-out.
Do it. I promise you won't regret it.
Who knows, maybe my co-worker will start walking at work and have a positive change in her life.