I haven’t posted in quite a while, mainly because once the weather cooled off after Thanksgiving I lost my interest in cycling to work, and started walking instead. Last year I felt more intrepid about continuing to ride my bike in cold weather, and this year my body simply said, “No.” So, I have been enjoying walking to and from work for the past couple months.
Lately, though, it’s been very cold, I can’t say unseasonably cold, because after all, it *is* winter. But, for example, today’s temp started out at 0F, with a god-knows wind chill; just checked and at 1:30 p.m. the temp is +3F, and according to the weather man it “feels like -23F.” In other words, it sucks.
But I have to say that when I dress appropriately, it ain’t that bad. I had a three mile walk to work today, and by the time I was approaching my building I was pulling off my hat & balaclava, & immediately ducked into the restroom to take off my merino base layer shirt before I started sweating. And I didn’t put that merino shirt back on for successive walks around campus.
All in all, the worst part about this bitter cold is what my brain tells me. This morning I *dreaded* going outside…but once I was dressed and walking, I felt fine.
Winter is very, very mental for me.