Sunday, February 6, 2022

Biking in Richmond

You know, cycling is such an important part of my training. It really is. But the weather has been something else lately. This afternoon the sun was shining so I thought I would drive up to the Virginia Capital Trail in Richmond and get in a nice long bike today since it seems like it's been forever since I last rode my bike. 

The sun was out, as I said, but there was no warmth in it. I don't think it ever got above 34 degrees. 

My original goal was to bike for at least 32 miles -- 16 out and 16 back. But despite the fact that I was dressed for the cold, including two pairs of gloves and two winter buffs, I could never warm up. I mean, what do you do when you can't feel your hands anymore? You stop and turn around, that's what you do. You raise the white flag. It just wasn't your day, and that's okay. The trail will be there tomorrow and the day after and the day after. 

The nice thing is that Richmond has maybe the best Ethiopian restaurant within a day's drive of my home. So I stopped at the Addis and enjoyed some wonderful doro wat (chicken stew) and chatted with the proprietor, who is from the Ethiopian capital. Honestly, I've been in a kind of cooking rut the last couple of days, so I could see the hand of Providence in today's restaurant experience. The meal was delicious and refreshing. 

I hope y'all had a really great weekend.