Last Few Outdoor Rides of the Season-2018

November 2018

November usually turns me into a slug. The weather is too cold for cycling, the clocks are changed and it is usually dark and dreary. The bike is on the trainer, but I can’t be bothered to get on it, I become a slug and then it takes me until January to get back into cycling again.

Not this year.

November 4, 2018

The sun was out and we were heading out on our bikes by 9.30. A beautiful but cold ride this morning. The sun felt warm on our faces as we cycled along the Parkway to Mallory Town Landing. There wasn’t much of a breeze, but by the time we got to the turnaround point my feet were cold, I really need some booties. Ralf told me that the temperature was only 2.9 degrees – whaaaat. Oupsie, I thought it was warmer than that when we set out. The sun must have fooled the outside thermometer.

We were almost back in Brockville Ralf slowed down and told me to go and get the car as he had now officially reached his goal of 5,000 kms. Well done my love.

Oupsie, when he got back and was checking his log, he realized that two of his rides amounting to 92 kms were indoor rides and do not count towards his overall outdoor cycling. I guess we have to hope for good weather so that he can get those 92 kms.

November 8, 2018 Ralf managed to reach his goal of 5,000 kms. Well done my love.

Ralf celebrates 5000 kms

I don’t think I am going to manage 4,000 kms, I don’t have the motivation or dedication to ride in temperatures of less than 5 degrees, although I have done a couple of rides that were cooler. The sun was out and fooled me into thinking it was warmer than it was. I think I need some booties to cover my cycling shoes, to keep my feet warm.

November 8 & 12

Two lovely but cold rides to the barn and back. The barn is on the Parkway and is a quick and an easy 25 k ride.

Our first dusting of snow arrived, around the middle of the month. Ralf is determined to get some more outdoor cycling. 

It’s only a dusting

Then the snow arrived in earnest on November 17 so I switched my bike for my walking boots. I follow the Brock Trail from almost my front door towards St. Lawrence Park which is situated on the St. Lawrence River and then walk into Town. There are a couple of nice places to stop for a coffee along King Street and then home to warm up.

November 19, 2019

We brought the bikes inside and I have managed to motivate myself to get on the bike on the trainer a couple of times each week for the remainder of the month.

I much prefer to ride outside, however we do have training DVDs which make it a little bit more interesting when we ride on the trainers.

I keep hoping the weather improves again and we can cycle outside some more, forever the optimist.

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2 Responses to Last Few Outdoor Rides of the Season-2018

  1. D. Tool says:

    Glad Ralf reached his goal. Weather here is up and down, 40F one day 27F the next. Have had no real amount of snow, but quite a good bit of rain. I walk our dog (Spud – a long haired mini dauchund) 2 miles a day rain or shine (214 since Sep to today). I go to the base gym 3 times a week for 1 1/2 hours each time (cycle there if I can). Cindy goes to our Fairborn YMCA for water aerobics 3 times a week (the pool is heated). Really helps her arthritis. Only 3 1/2 months till warm weather. Take care of yourselves.

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