Now that I’m back out riding on the road bike, my wrist isn’t quite strong enough yet for the trails, I’m heading out at any given opportunity. Especially with this amazing summer we’re currently having in the UK. Summer here tends to be over and done with within a week where we get about 5 to 7 days of glorious sunshine and that’s it.
This year, however, we’ve had over 6 weeks of uninterrupted sunshine and the temperatures are still around 29°C! While that has been incredible and almost unheard of, it’s also been extremely frustrating. The time when the weather is pretty much perfect I’m not able to ride my bike. Typical…
The day after getting back on the bike I decided it would be a good idea to get out again. A nice summers ride after work.
When out on the road bike, I definitely prefer riding in the sun and heat. In fact, I usually say the hotter the better. Monday’s ride was definitely a test to that statement.
Never the less, I got home and changed into my kit, grabbed my bike and headed out. The idea was to do a short(ish) ride given that my wrist still wasn’t quite 100%. As such, I ended up doing a 20-mile loop at a steady pace. A perfect evening ride. If it wasn’t for the insane heat.
My Garmin was registering 31°C, which to me would be great, however not when there isn’t any wind. I found myself wishing for some; I’d have even been happy with a headwind! I was fine when moving as I could generate a little wind chill but as soon as I stopped… Wow! It felt like I’d stepped into a furness.
After I got back home my fiancé just looked at me and laughed. I was drenched in sweat. She was cooking dinner but insisted I had time to take a shower. Que a cold, no, freezing shower.
Even though I’d done more miles than planned and in silly temperatures, I was a happy boy. I love what cycling can do to your mood regardless of what the ride has in store for you.
Until next time.