I am not much for ball sports. If you know me, you already know that so I am being redundant - I know. But, there is one thing that I know, and that is as soon as people start talking about that March Madness thing, I start thinking about spring. Milan San Remo does that for me as well. Early sunshine on a Sunday does it also. Winter is really long this far north.
You scrape the windows, you wash the truck to get the salt off, you get tired of the puffy jacket you have warn it so often, you do not even know where the right foot flip flop is as you have not seen it in so long... But, the worst part of the whole deal is that since you have not ridden your dirt bike or your mountain bike in so long you do not know if it will start or if the tubeless juice in the tires is even still liquid. I mean, come on I do not know where the bladder is for the Camelbak or if my helmet pads have been washed or a myriad other things that you need to get on those 2 wheelers.
Oh, but when the day comes you can hardly handle the anticipation. That is today for me. Although the local mountain bike trails are still closed, I did ride my fat bike on dirt last weekend and I am riding my dirt bike today at a friends place.
The trails last weekend were still frozen, but there was no snow. The dirt was almost dusty. Dusty! Oh, the day is certainly coming. We do have mud season yet to get through, but we will get there.
This afternoon on the dirt bike will be awkward at best. There will be a period of, "Oh yeah, that is where the brake is and the shifter.." and a period of not really knowing just how to make it all work together again. It has been months after all. Then it will start to gel and finally feel normal again. By that time, my hands and back will hurt and I will be spent. But, it will all be worth it as it signals what is coming.
We will get this all sorted out soon. If you are in the northern part of the northern hemisphere, have faith. If you are already in the time of the year that we all wait for, then good on you.
See ya, I have some tubeless tires to attend to.