Didn’t ride yesterday due to atrocious weather but today was slightly better, still freezing but tolerable. Went the usual Sunday run but didn’t go up knockhill as there is still snow on the hills so went down Saline way instead. This skipped out Dollar and 5 miles but that was fine and I went home via Rosyth and skipped out Dunfermline just to make up a bit more mileage. Still some snow and ice in patchy areas on the roads so a caution ride again today, 46 miles clocked up at 15 mph
So I didn’t ride yesterday cos its was stupid cold at around -6 or below but today its a bit warmer at -4 so I went for a ride I had to walk out my street to get to the main road since I’m snowed and iced in and it also meant I had to stick to the main roads since everywhere else was impassible. There were some snow and ice patches on the main roads but nothing too scary, I stayed on the bike all the way round I wasn’t going to go far or fast today it’s not really the conditions to do so hence only doing 35 miles at 14 mph and there were some sections where my finger were nipping due to being too cold but thankfully nothing to extreme or long, I hardly broke a sweat out there but kept peddling enough to keep me at least warm. I usually only see this kind of crappy weather in February it seems to be early this year, hope it does’t last to long, I’m only getting to ride once a week now rather than twice
So no ride yesterday due to shite weather, cold, wet and windy. Today is a far better affair, cold, wet and not windy I decided to do a normal Sunday bun run but change it up a little, still 50 miles but skipping out the Dollar section and including Dalgety Bay and Cowdenbeath. The start up Knockhill was icy in patches so I had to be cautious there and I went down it very slowly just to be safe but in hind sight I could have just gone down at normal speed the road down was free of ice. I had to deal with some rain but by the time I got down to Kincardine it had stopped and the sun was out Because I’ve not been cycling as much recently due to the bad weather, today was a tough one especially the climb back up to Cowdenbeath I was really starting to go slow. Anyhow I clocked up 52 miles at a avg speed of 15 mph so I’ll live with that.
Well its first ride of the year and it would have been sooner had there not been a shit load of snow and ice which finally cleared up enough yesterday to allow me to ride today. On my own for the time being due to the second lock down so I kept the ride short but at a high pace, although 16 mph doesn’t seem much but when you look at the stats the wattage is higher and a big chunk of the ride was up hill There was a nice downhill section where I got up to 36 mph but this was supplemented with a terrifying pothole that I hit at 36 mph that I didn’t see which caused such a large wobble on the bike I thought I was going to fall. After what felt like eternity I finally managed to wrestle the bike back and come to a stop with the 2 inevitable flat tyres I would now have. Shockingly and very confusingly my bike was still in one piece and 2 inflated tyres :-0 I’m not sure why that was, it might be because I pumped the types up before starting the ride but I’ve ridden through and felt less dramatic pot holes which has take out both my tyres, this only happened a few weeks ago when I hit a pot hole hidden in a puddle. I dunno maybe the speed saved me here but the shimmy was damn scary, either way I carried on a little more cautiously, I only had another 5 miles to go thankfully. Fortuitously the bike is going in for its service so we’ll see if anything comes out of that.