“Another very cold day with biting easterly winds” was how the weather was forecast today. It wasn’t wrong. I also woke with a biting headache after a Saturday night out with an old friend, so today’s ride was not a long affair. Getting kitted up in an uncomfortable mass of clothing and heading out into the freezing and windy conditions banished my hangover but didn’t feel like it was doing much for my fitness or cycling.
I had taken the favoured bike in for an annual service last week. It needed a new chain, cassette and cables. While I’m happy to bodge the maintenance of my commuter bike, I prefer to trust this one to the experts. Despite the nasty weather, it was dry today so I decided to test out its new equipment.
There’s not much to say about the ride. It was slow and really hard work. I did a half hour loop of the lake and then climbed up onto the hills for an hour of cycling in the wind.