Ahhh, September. I feel pressed once September arrives. I suppose it’s from years of conditioning that it’s knuckle down back-to-school time after wonderful free and breezy summer vacation. For the last few years it has been the month after ‘the Ontario Cup season’ , time to look at the good and the bad and set goals for the next year, and also the time I’ve been training for, an annual ‘big event’.
We are so very dependent on weather
We’ve had to cancel a few rides so far this season. I feel sadness, and disappointment when that happens; I so love to ride my bike, I love to ride with the Bettys, and somehow I feel responsible for the weather, which is crazy, and then guilty when the sun comes out after we have called it! Both are irrational feelings; I am not responsible for the weather, dah!, but I am responsible for doing my part in maintenance of our trails and so to ride in the mucky clay of our Don is so irresponsible. Getting caught out in light rain in the summer in the woods can be a lot of fun, and mountain biking is about splashing a little in the mud (check out our jerseys!) but thunder and lightning are clearly unsafe to play in and the trails do take a beating when sodden.There are some great spots to ride in southern Ontario on a rainy day that do not suffer at all when ridden, but our urban hillside trails aren’t one of them!