Things are getting cool out there but contrasting to this time last year no different. What is different is my choice of attire. Thermal leggings under my insulated tights, a base layer under my thermal long sleeved top, water proof jacket to break the wind and gloves with fleece lined hat under my lid makes it more bearable.
I’ve decided that the only way to stay warm is to keep pedaling. I’m wondering if my legs are shouting at me if I’m pedalling harder to stay moving or because they’re protesting at the cold after the luxury of the mild autumn. Whatever it is, my average speed is still ok & only a couple kph less than my summer speeds. Even so, I’m only cold for the 1st 15min as long as I keep moving. There’s nothing like the reward of a hot shower at the end of it all which I feel lucky to have at work if only for the added advantage of helping my feet thaw.
Owing to family & work commitments, for the 2nd week in a row now I took the bike in the back of the car, cycled home one evening and ridden back to work the next. Its the only way to get the distances in & I’m gonna struggle to get my winter months target of 400km/month in for December.
This morning I decided to challenge that thought on my day off as I braved the brutal bastard NE wind, my nemesis last winter. I planned a route to avoid a headwind as much as possible but I still struggled when its gusts gave me a taste of whats in store for the next couple of months. Struggle I will and as Churchill said when faced with adversity, “KBO”. It’s the only way for me this month…