In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been raining. Pretty much (on and off) since Tuesday night…at the conclusion of my running practice. I just got a bicycle helmet on Monday, and in my excitement for riding my new bicycle, when I got home from the gym and my scheduled workout of 4 miles run, 300 crunches and 60 pushups…I rode around the neighborhood on my new bike, wearing my new helmet. It was wonderful. I love the bike. Now, I had my keys in my hand so I had to be careful as I’m still getting used to the handlebars and brake placement, but it was fun and I enjoyed it. I am looking forward immensely to tomorrow, (or even possibly tonight) when the roads dry up and I can then go for a longer ride. I have spent some of this rainy time and pre-helmet time preparing myself for biking on the roads and trails in Texas and getting reaquainted with all of the road rules and learning about things specific to my type of bicycle. For instance, I would like to have a slightly better knowledge of how to fix problems on my bike BEFORE I decide to take off on more than a 5-6 mile ride. Why? Cause it’s not fun to walk your bike home. I’ve done it before, and while it is at least pleasant when you live in the country, around here, it would just be annoying. And, because it has been RAINING, and I have a ROAD bike that I am not used to yet, I’m not going to risk the slippery roads just yet. If I were on my deformed mountain bike with its wide, groovy tires, that would be another matter (plus, it cost me $80 at walmart in 1998). So, all this to say, when I get the chance to ride on the bike more…. rest assured I will write about it. Meanwhile, enjoy this lovely precipitation estimate image from the past 24 hours.