Cycling in the winter is really tough!
I thought I wrapped up ok today. On the way home I was in 2 pairs of socks (one being knee-high, and folded over to add an extra layer), thick leggings, 4 layers on top, a hat, and a pair of gloves .. And I was STILL shivering! I wish I’d worn my glasses, just to keep the wind off, but it seemed a bit silly wearing sunglasses in the pitch black? How do people deal with the freezing cold wind problem!?
My new light arrived at the weekend, and I tried it out this evening. It was amazing! I could actually see where I was going! I tested it against the wall as I unlocked my bike:
It might not look like much there, but it was BRIGHT. Ignoring the main spot of light, it diffused out really nicely to a good couple of metres! I definitely felt a lot safer than with my last light, that’s for sure. This one also has a little notch on each side, meaning cars can see you from other angles! Win!
It’s quite different to my previous one. Whilst the front looks a lot smaller, it’s much more powerful. And the attachment is brilliant; it doesn’t move at all, even over the rough bits of road. It also feels (and looks) much more solid. It actually makes the old one look quite flimsy:
Honestly, the main problem I have with cycling in the dark is the cars. I’ve noticed that they give me more space when overtaking, now that I have the lights, but I was constantly blinded by the main beams of oncoming cars! The only time they ever switched down to dipped beam was when a car appeared behind me! Dude, I may not be driving, but I definitely still need to see where I’m going .. Sheesh!
I was supposed to go out for a 4-miler when I got home. But I was SOOO cold, once I took off my gloves and hat and a few layers all I wanted to do was snuggle up in my big slouchy jumper with a mug of this:
.. And Downton Abbey. Speaking of – blimey, drama, much!?
I do feel like a bit of a wuss skipping a run because of the cold and the dark. But after cycling 7 miles and nearly freezing, a ‘cuddle in a cup’ seemed like a much better idea.
I’m hoping I’ll manage to force myself out of bed for my run tomorrow morning; I have Japanese class in the evening, so if I don’t, I’ll be slacking until Wednesday. Sigh.
I did cycle pretty fast today though! And kept it in a tough gear up the hills. My thighs aren’t exactly thanking me right now 😀 But a hot shower and nice long stretch and I’m sure they’ll be back to normal! (I’m ignoring my foam roller. I’m not feeling quite that tough just yet).
I hope everyone else’s training is going well! 🙂