it's nice out.
it's not raining.
it's only raining a little bit.
it's not snowing.
it's not coming down very hard.
it's only slightly windy.
it's only windy in bursts.
they aren't gale force winds yet.
the road is dry.
the road is drying.
the road is just wet in places.
the road only has snow in the gutters.
the bike lane is almost clear.
I feel great.
I feel pretty good.
I don't feel well, but exercise will help.
this cough is nothing, and I can breathe through my mouth.
I'm not on my deathbed yet.
my knees feel great.
my knees only bother me a little.
exercise will help my knees.
I can still make the pedals go around, slowly.
it's so nice I don't need toe covers.
I've got toe covers.
I've got booties.
these neoprene, fur-lined booties keep my feet almost dry.
because I want to.
because I should.
because it keeps my heart healthy.
because I'll feel great when I'm done.
because the guy with only one leg is out there riding, too.
because I'm darn grateful I can ride a bike.
and the ultimate, final, always appropriate, real reason:
so I can eat more cake.