Distance: 13.8 miles. Elevation: 558 ft
It was a beautiful, sunny, day; but cold at 3°C.
It seems a bit ridiculous blogging such a short ride, but it’s a significant one as it breaks a ten-week cycling hiatus. That’s the longest time off my bike for years. And what’s worse is that there was no good reason for it. I didn’t have an injury, and I had been pretty fit at the time I stopped. A few events caused me to miss some rides. Then work got in the way. And the weather was the final nail in the coffin with the wettest December on record. But even all that shouldn’t have been enough to stop me riding. Somehow I had lost my mojo. I kept promising myself that I’ll go for a ride or get on the turbo, but it just didn’t happen. Today I almost forced myself out the door.
It had been such a long break that riding the bike actually felt weird at first! Luckily the old saying is true, and I hadn’t forgotten how to do it. By the end I had regained my confidence. And afterwards I felt fine physically. Mentally, I’m glad to have brought an end to the rut. I must continue to get out there and get myself back to fitness for all the events and rides I have planned for this season.
Wear cap with low sun
For much of this ride I could barely see ahead of me, with the low sun causing massive glare in my goggles. A cycling cap under the helmet keeps your head warm and stops the glare.
Don’t forget ass-saver
Even if there’s only one wet road on the ride, an ass-saver will save the day (or your ass!)