|Minor flooding of the roads|
Sure, I have those other moments that test my life decisions all the time. Should I really have gotten out of high tech even though I hated it and it was driving me crazy? Perhaps not, but I did and I feel much better, albeit poorer, for that decision. Should we have adopted two cats a little more than four years ago? Well, two cats are probably less work than four cats, though they are small and don't take up much space and all told, don't eat that much. Should I have raced road vs. MTB last weekend? In hindsight, probably not. Racing road just frustrates me. I learned that long ago, which is why I've mostly retired from racing on the road. In a word, I'm a "poor" road racer. This past Sunday reminded me of that. I just get so caught up in having fun putting in digs that I forget about the end game. Actually, in this case I didn't forget, I had a plan and I executed upon that plan and it failed, twice.
|That is a small brook, at least usually.|
We make choices and then we deal with the consequences of those choices. As much as we would really like to calculate, plan for and control all of the details leading to the outcome, in most cases that is simply unrealistic. In my opinion, the best you can do is hone your skills at adapting. It is like building basically anything, you plan and do due dilegance but inevitably, there is a design flaw that you are forced to deal with. Adapt, improvise and overcome. Honestly, that is one of the best aspects of woodworking, fixing your mistakes so the end result looks intentional. Maybe I just make a lot of mistakes so I get lots of practice but I've gotten quite proficient at hiding the flaws. As often as not, I do so through accentuation of the very issue. Add a contrasting decorative spacer piece to fill the gap. Between you and I, my granite tile countertop has that exact feature and it looks pretty darn neat.
|Wet but warm-ish|
Anyhow, I started this post in my head last Tuesday evening, when I was riding in the monsoon. It occured to me that it was one of those days that made me question my notion to not only continue to ride every day, but to do so outside and not indoors on a stationary trainer. There have been a number of those days in the months since last August that I have ridden outdoors each day of, which have caused me to question the decision to keep riding. That said, the hardest part is always getting going, taking the plunge if you will. Once you are in, the water is often fine, as it was this past Tuesday. I've come to value those odd days that are the most challenging to get motivated for in the first place. I suspect that this is for the simple reason that overcoming the challenge of the day itself, is an accomplishment which we successfully completed. The rest from there is all just gravy.