Drafting the solstice
Hey, you know what? Winter’s here! At least it will be this evening. Yep, the ole’ Earth is tilted as far back on it’s axis as it can go before it falls on it’s axx (if that can happen?).
What that means for us commuting cyclist types is that we do a lot of our riding in the dark until the days start getting longer again. It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to ride to or from work in the daylight…well, that’s not entirely true – I’ve gotten in early enough a couple of times that I’ve headed home 30 minutes earlier, but even doing that gets me home after the sun sets.
I really don’t mind riding in the dark most of the time. In fact, the past couple of days have been downright delightful. With the temps and humidity up and traffic volume down, yesterday and today couldn’t have been better commuting days here in the Queen City of the Ozarks. I’m hoping the weather will hold for one more day!
I did have a minor issue on the way home last night. Really more of an annoyance than an issue. I have four pair of cycling tights. One pair is cheap, thin and worthless, so they don’t get worn except when it’s barely cool enough to need a little something on your legs. The other three get worn in regular rotation all winter long. Last night, I was wearing the oldest pair. They’re the first ones I bought, and I thought they were ridiculously expensive at the time (little did I really know!). About halfway home, I started getting a draft on my left ankle. In fact, it felt kind of like it was down in my boot top. It was apparent that the bottom hem of my tight had worked it’s way out of the boot, so while I was stopped at a light, I loosened the boot top and pulled it down over the top of my sock again.
I hadn’t gone another mile before I felt it again. That same draft on my ankle. Dang it anyway!
When I got home and pulled the things off, it was pretty obvious that the elastic band on that left ankle of the tights was stretched out. I guess they’re probably going to be officially shoved to the back of the drawer and set aside “for emergencies only” for a while. It’s not a huge loss, as I prefer the other two pairs because they have zippers down the calf and are a lot easier to get into and out of.
On an entirely different note, Pam and I had a thoroughly enjoyable run this morning. Forty degrees is perfect for running! Just cool enough to be cool, yet warm enough to not be suffering or wearing a lot of extra clothes for warmth. We ran just under 4.5 miles and we were both kind of disappointed to be back at the house so soon!
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