I have no real reason at this time to continue shaving my legs.
But I can’t bring myself to stop. I’ve been doing it for so long now (I count that this is the start of the 20th year), that this is what looks and feels normal to me. A couple of times I tried letting it grow out again in winter but I just could not get through the itchy/scratchy phase.
Letting it grow right now would feel like I’m giving up.
I’ve accepted — without too much angst — that this riding season is wrecked, that it’s going to be a while before I can even walk let alone get out on the road on a bike. I’ve accepted that my muscles are going to atrophy and my legs are going to get weak.
But I just can’t bring myself to quit shaving. Smooth legs seem like a reminder — that yes, there is hope that at some point I will again have a real reason for them to be shaved.