Winter riding teaches you things.
The most important thing to learn is to just get out there.
Saturday was grim. Back spasms left me barely able to walk all morning; snow fell much of the day; the forecasters issued a winter weather advisory. I was tempted to bag the evening ride and stay home.
Fortunately, I remembered the lesson from countless previous rides: Get off your ass and go, and you'll probably be glad you did.
I'm glad I did. The trails were surprisingly good. The other riders were fun. And 32 degrees almost felt like spring.
Bike rides have an amazing way of making your body and your mind both feel better. A night ride followed by some laughs and a couple of beers under a streetlight in a parking lot? It doesn't get much better than that.
I love my therapist.
Dr. Pugsley, 7 p.m.
Don't be late.