Despite the weather warnings and heavy overnight rain I decided to venture out on my bike today. It was my first day of early retirement and so after putting the finishing touches to an item of reclaimed furniture and then speaking with the Inland Revenue about taxes I decided to reward my hard work with my first cycle of the year. I had planned to cycle 50 miles but these aspirations were curtailed by my inability to cope with the vicious weather.
The winds were strong today. Not only did I find myself struggling on a downhill into a headwind but often my balance was fully tested as I wobbled sideways due to gusting cross-winds. On a dry day I would be able to cope with this, but in the freezing rain with mud and horse-sh*t spraying up from the country lanes it became a real struggle. The final nail in the coffin was when I lost the feeling in my feet due to them being soaked and frozen.
My overshoes have recently been performing very badly and I’m not sure whether it’s the severe rains or just their poor quality . I have previously seen plastic socks which you wear over your normal socks inside the shoes. Maybe these would be a better option in the winter.
Anyway, it felt good to get out on the bike and clock some more winter miles. With better equipment I would have been happier to grind out a few more miles but 30 miles in the conditions didn’t seem too shabby.