This sunny weather this last week has provided a number of good days to ride my bicycle. It has also been deeply cold. I relish these cold, sunny bike rides out on the road. There is something special about them.
Is there science to say that cold air does the body good? My freshman year college-BioSci-educated mind would say, “Certainly.” As with most of my science, it feels so. I’d even go as far to say it can cure the common cold. I may have to call the Surgeon General to get this word out. It feels right whether biking, skiing or walking. That crisp, clear air does something for me.
It not only does something for my body, it triggers memories. The cold weather rides take me back to my early morning paper routes, first for the Lynnwood Enterprise and then the Seattle Times. Of course, Mom would drive me on the rainy mornings, but on those clear mornings I would get on my bike and ride the roads of South Snohomish County, newspaper sack over my shoulders, throwing papers at front door porches. It was a difficult job and on those crisp mornings you felt as if you were climbing a mountain. Completion was incredible success.
Today, the completion of a simple, warm weather bike ride feels like an incredible success. The cold weather just makes it that much more special.
Don’t fade away from any of these cold days in which the rain stays away. Get out for a walk, ride, run or stroll. Take it in. Breathe it in and out…not only the air (which will cure all ailments), but also the memories.