A couple of years ago I noticed that I had some strange bruising on both of my hands. It was curiously located on both of my hands between my thumb and index fingers a ways up toward the wrist. These marks definitely looked like bruises but strangely enough they didn't hurt like bruises when I touched them. I would stare at them while I was working wondering where they came from and why they seemed to be getting darker. As I pieced the clues together I noticed that these marks got darker the more cycling I did. I wondered if somehow I was bruising my hands by gripping the handle bars too tight or maybe it had to do with the way I was placing my hands on the hoods. Could it be from some strange way I was carrying my bike downstairs when I wanted to go for a ride. In either case the bruises weren't going away and seemed to be getting worse as the cycling season went on. Should I be worried about them because after all they didn't hurt? Then one day as I was getting ready to ride I figured out the origin of the strange bruises as I pulled my cycling gloves on.
Duh, these strange marks on my hands were sun tan marks from my cycling gloves. This year the marks are coming back with a vengeance but now they just make me smile because they come from something that I love.
Here's to strange cycling tans!