I will explain the title later.. but its worth waiting for.. !
I bit the bullet this morning and went out for a bike ride. It was barely above freezing and it seemed to take ages to get all the layers on and get out. Not like in those long lost days of summer when all that’s required is a shirt and shorts..
I was aiming for around 30 miles at a steady pace as it had been 10 days since my last ride. That came as quite a surprise to me when I worked it out.. 10 days, apart from a turbo trainer session a week ago.
It was a bit cold and misty when I set off but about half way round the sun broke through but not with any heat. At about this stage the cold was beginning to bite into my feet despite the winter shoe covers.
This is where the kitchen equipment bit comes in. During the last week I saw a ‘tweet’ from Bradley Wiggins on Twitter. He had been out on the bike for about 3 hours and was extolling the virtues of Cling Film/Kitchen Wrap. With gradual revelations over about 3 tweets it came to light that he had wrapped his feet in cling film before going out on the bike. This was after putting on socks and before the shoes and in addition to overshoes . I wish I had taken his advice and next time I will try it for sure.
I went out despite my bad back. It was fine when I was cycling but it took me a while to get straight again when I got off the bike. It brought to mind the pictures I have seen of the evolution of man from crouching to standing. I go through the process in about 5 minutes though, not millions of years !
Despite the cold and after effects it was worth it for the ride, as it usually is when an effort is required to get out.. Maybe I should try harder and be more determined to get out while the cold weather lasts ( with aid of kitchen equipment !!)