Today, even though the weather is okay, I really don't want to ride my bike and I'm not quite sure why.
Could be that I need more sleep, could be that I should (but am not) doing other things that need to be done. Could be a low energy level for any number of other reasons. Could be that I need some "me" time that's not on the bike. Could even be that because I SHOULD be riding as much as possible, I am resisting it - I never have done well with "should".
The worrisome part is that I could, and probably will, have this kind of day while I am on the tour. How will I deal with it then? There will always be the SAG option, but I'm not sure that would be helpful, it might even add to the general funk. So....I need to find ways to deal with it.
I know that not having the distractions of normal life will help. At least at the beginning of the trip, adrenaline will do its thing. I am counting on the energy and enthusiasm of my fellow riders to carry me through some rough patches. Maybe even just being in the habit of riding will help. Maybe just getting on the bike will do it. From reading past trip blogs, I know that everyone reaches a point where they just want the trip to be OVER. I'm just hoping that it doesn't happen to me until we are at least in Louisiana.
I am trying to be proactive about dealing with these feelings. The other kind of spinning is part of my strategy. I had some silk fiber custom dyed with colors evocative of America the Beautiful and I am hoping to be able to spin a little bit of it on each day of the tour. When I get home and spin the rest, I will make yarn and knit a shawl in the Traveling Woman
Credit: Silk fiber dyed by WoolieBullie on Etsy
Tibetan spindle by SpinDizzyChick onEtsy