I made my new year resolutions late this year after some careful consideration & reflection away from the hustle & bustle of the early new year rush to commitment. I don’t want to make any promises that I cant keep & therefore need to keep things achievable. They are:
50 commutes to work- due to school run and other commitments making cycling unfeasible, I can only do that twice per week & that will be a summer thing May-Sept. In the meantime I’m gonna slug it out once a week supplementing this with long detours to the shops elsewhere.
Get a new bike. I’ve got my eye on a cyclocross bike through the cycle to work scheme at work. I think that this type suits my habit of trying out new off road (but mostly flat) routes as well as travelling on the shameful state of the country roads in my part of west Essex/east Herts. I could’ve done it last year but read a story about how commuting on old bikes is “cool” & was seduced into keeping the old faithful for a little while yet.
Cycle at least 3000km & continue to enjoy it. I suspect that the above resolution will make that easy…
Yesterday, Wednesday, the only day that I could get out to work on my bike this week. I left early enough not to come across a car until 6km in and to get a taste of the forecast gales and rain to come. The struggle into the 15mph SSE headwind did not disappoint as I meandered into work 61min and 19.5km later. Usually 12 hours later this wind seems to turn aeound to the NE and I’m faced with a cold headwind on the way back.
But not yesterday. The now stronger SW tailwind and gusts carried me home during a rainless window in the dark. The usual behaviour of the clowns not dipping their headlights didn’t bother me as I made up for that lung busting, thigh burning, ball busting morning ride as I cruised home with a keen So’wester blowing over my shoulder. In reality this was a 21.8km ride over the same 61 min.
While my badass reputation of riding in uncomfortable weather remains intact at work, I wont be doing another one this week but that isn’t due to the constant rain over the next 3 days. So 4 rides down and 46 to go – £18 saved on petrol & a couple of weary legs.