11 Degrees….11!

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.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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1 Response to 11 Degrees….11!

  1. bgddyjim says:

    I second that! Though I’m still trying for the elusive 100 km/h… I’ve been to 95 km/h but that was as fast as I could squeeze out of the hill.

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