I have a small computer mounted on my bike. It is by no means the fancy Garmin or Wahoo system I lust after but can’t ever seem to find room in the budget for. However, it does the job and was very reasonable. I use it to measure speed, distance travelled, ride time, and the time of day. The function that I don’t normally use is the thermometer. I usually just think it’s hot. Hot and muggy, hot and dry, hot but maybe it will rain are my typical pronouncements.
Today, I happen to glance at the temperature while I was scrolling through the various functions. It said 11 degrees. Maybe the first ride of the season was below 20, but I doubt it was below 15, and certainly nowhere close to 10.
That being said, I have to admit it was nippy. I had my arm warmers on, but not much else in the way of supplemental kit. I probably should have put the warmer insoles in my cycling shoes, and maybe taken the full finger gloves.
I rode with the C group again, and while I enjoyed the ride, we were a small group again and it wasn’t nearly as fun. I probably should have gone with the B group. I am not sure if I could have done more kms in the cold, but who knows. I felt strong throughout the ride and the other person on the ride was slow and spoke with such a soft voice that it was impossible to have a conversation with them while riding.
The highlights of the ride were the awesome scenery. I really should get a bike camera so some of you could see it. Despite the early morning temperature, this is still technically summer. There are no fall colours yet (and I don’t expect them for another month), but the trees and grass and hills look great. We even passed some people out on a horse ride.
As we were coasting down a long hill, the group leader said “this is something you can’t get from jogging.” He explained that freewheeling at 50kms an hour was pretty awesome. I certainly had to agree.