I finished off my riding week on Wednesday with an extended lunch time ride, squeezing in two great trails into one ride. The temperatures plummeted this week making for some pretty chilly rides. Cycling specific clothing is key to comfort in temperatures like this, as the climbs can be hot and sweaty, and the descents bone chilling cold! A light insulation layer for just the right amount of warmth, and and outer layer that has most of its wind stopping properties in the front works awesome. As cold as it is, it’s still important to let excess body heat vent.
It was also a week spent learning. I found that the ideal route to work wasn’t necessarily the best route home. In fact the 1st route I took home had a couple of near death misses at the corner of Saliman Road and HWY 50! I would have almost certainly perished if not for my ninja-like reflexes. The best route home was found through Mills Park, thanks to tips from Scott and Sandie. Riding the narrow trails through the park at night is a blast. Additionally, cutting across HWY 50 through the large gaps in traffic on the north side of Mills Park is the safest option so far.
I also need to work on “the routine”. One day I forgot my wind vest, and another day I forgot a pair of underwear! I did, however, bring a few things to leave at work so I wouldn’t have to haul them back and forth everyday. Every day is a new adventure, and every day I learn something new!