Suited up for a 30 mile bike ride on the rocket ship.
Little did I know that over the course of my ~2 hour bike ride the weather would do this crazy dance:
1. Partly Sunny
2. Violent Hailstorm
3. Torrential Rain
4. Cloudy and Dry
5. Violent Hailstorm
7. Light Sprinkles
10 miles into the ride, when #2 started – I considered catching a bus and bailing on the ride. It was super painful with the hail and I wasn’t wearing sunglasses and had to ride with my head down and one hand shielding my eyes. Instead I saw a little espresso stand and waited it out for 10 minutes.
When #3 began, I headed out again, riding more slowly since the ground was full of hail ball bearings. My Gore-Tex running jacket totally saved me as it kept my core completely dry, even though my fingers and toes were quite cold. Keeping the intensity up helped to keep me warm. Had the weather started with #2 I wouldn’t have gone riding at all, but in the end I’m glad I did.
Weather doesn’t have to stop you from doing what you love, though it helps to be prepared with the right gear. My next gear purchases will be Gore-Tex cycling shoe covers and clear rain glasses.