Suddenly, after a week away from 6 a.m rides to work, someone seems to have turned the heating down. It was cool enough to wear a long sleeve merino base layer under my short sleeve top this morning. I closed my hands to stop the worst of the cool air on my digits despite my fingerless gloves. Yep, autumn has arrived but the morning was gloriously clear and wind free. My shadow danced along the hedgerows as the slowly rising sun greeted me from the east. Despite the cold which I remember as being “mild” 6 months ago, I warmed up quickly and powered up and down with a good rhythm in my legs.
I arrived to the news that my tech was unwell and going to be off for the rest of the week and had to hit the ground running quickly to avoid the day plummeting into disaster. Then when I went to shower, workmen were in the flat that I was using replacing fire doors. They didn’t mind me using the bathroom but it would have been nice to have been told by someone. I think that they felt the same. After a morning teaching, juggling having to be in 2 places at once, I only had 50 outstanding emails left in my inbox to answer. I had deleted the rubbish and dross the previous evening by that many. Then I spent 90minutes in a MS Teams meeting with the video off while I changed into my riding clothes. Who said that men can’t multi task? Then I waited 30 minutes for the rain to die out.
I hadn’t checked the forecast that morning so had not packed my rain jacket. I nipped up to the supermarket in light rain and sheltered inside while getting an emergency glue stick for the boys’ first day of term. Their new normal (whatever that is) starts tomorrow. The rain was still falling though lighter but at least the rain radar was accurate as it stopped for 40 minutes to allow me to stay reasonably dry for the bulk of the commute. The rush hour had died down and even the short route on main roads was bearable albeit dull. I arrived home a little moist as the rain restarted again with 15 minutes left of my ride. Not the warm rains of summer but the cool sprinklings of September.