May 2017 06

“Don’t like the weather? Just be patient, it’ll change in a day or two!” If you’ve never heard that statement, you’ve probably never been to Kentucky. It seems to be the most accurate statement regarding our weather. Just this past weekend, the last weekend of April, we reached temps near record highs in the upper 80s. Then the lovely wind pushed a cold front through on Monday and temps have fallen all week with some more rain to the point of a frost advisory for this first weekend in May “Derby Day!”


The most disappointing weather so far this year was the cold, rainy, stormy weather we experienced a few weekends ago on the scheduled Saturday for the annual Redbud Ride in London, KY. I remember quite well my first Redbud Ride, it began raining about an hour into my century attempt, and continued to soak riders throughout the entire day with temperatures in the 50s, it felt like freezing rain most of the miserable 100 miles. Memories of that ride and some others I’ve completed in unfriendly weather, and the prediction for strong thunderstorms helped me make my decision to skip it this year. I hated it for the Redbud folks, because it’s a great ride with awesome volunteers, but I just wasn’t feeling it only because of the weather, which they have no control over.


Growing up in Kentucky, we were taught “April showers bring May flowers,” but this year has been an exception to the rule. We had a warmer February than March, and many flowers and trees came into bloom in late March, only to lose their buds before Easter arrived. April was up and down for thirty days, but everything has really greened up quickly. While I’m hopeful for dryer, warmer days for my own personal reasons (bicycling and boating!), I fully understand we need water to make things grow and change. And if not for the constant changes in temps, we’d probably get bored, so I’ve learned to embrace the weather changing. After all, this is my home and there’s nowhere I’d rather be.


Being in my new home, and now hooked up with an awesome mountain bike trail park, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy off road cycling. Mountain biking is a discipline that also benefits from rain, I’ve learned, because it gives the trails an extra level of stickiness, which makes the flowy sections more fun, however too much rain, delays the time in which the trails can be used: The stickiness needs to stay on the trail, not on your bike!


This brings me full circle with one of the phrases that I live by: “Everything in moderation, even moderation.” And that’s exactly what we get with the weather in my great bluegrass state, Kentucky! …@KPtheMasher