Summer is officially over

affect (af·fect) (af´ekt) the external expression of emotion attached to ideas or mental representations of objects

Some people use a calender to tell them summer is officially over. Last week, marked the fall equinox. To many, that marked the fall. To me, days on the calendar are just a guideline. My realization came with a simple task that is always hard to complete.

My father ushers in fall when he covers the pool. It is a sad day when you realize that you can’t take a quick dip whenever you want. To me, that is the first major sign that fall is approaching. My parents live 50 miles away. Just the perfect distance for a summer ride. My wife heads out with the kids in tow and my bathing suit packed in the car. I get to ride with visions of cool water acting as a carrot out in front of me. When the pool is closed, the carrot is gone.

But I’m not ready to give up on summer as quickly as my father. He closed the pool two weeks ago. I waited until last night to finally succumb to the inevitable. Reluctantly, I went to the parts bin and removed this.

What does this small skewer affect my emotions so much? The act of removing the skewer from my bike and inserting this one is an admission that it is time for the trainer.

The time when I could ride in the morning before leaving for work has long past. I know it but could not bring myself to pull out the trainer and begin the tedium of riding indoors. After watching the miles going down and the scale going up, I knew it had to be done. So, I reluctantly performed this yearly ritual.


3 Responses to Summer is officially over

  1. Al says:

    Where do you ride that it’s cold/dark enough to go indoors before September is over? I feel liberated that this year I finally have cool weather gear to extend the outdoor season to at least the end of October (and begin it again in April instead of May).

    Full disclosure – I ride near Albany, NY

  2. pelotonjim says:

    Unfortunately, I need to leave for work at about 7am. Here in NJ, it isn’t bright enough until 6:15 – 6:30. Not enough time. As for the end of the day, you need to trust me that my house is not in any condition where I can come home from work and turn around and leave again. 🙂

  3. I was wondering where you were going with that pic and when I found out – LOL!

    I know what you mean, though I have MY trainer skewer on year-round since I use the trainer to warm up before races. So it doesn’t have the same affect. For me, it’s putting on the (now new) headlight and getting out the legwarmers…

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