The bitter cold

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.

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2 thoughts on “The bitter cold

  1. G.E.

    I am not a fan of winter {if that hasn’t been said many, many times before :O)}. The cold definitely gets to me and while I have learned to layer appropriately, I always find myself longing for the warmer days when I don’t have to think so much about what I need to wear. I do think it’s important to listen to our bodies… and if it’s saying “No!” as you pointed out, then I think it’s great that you’re taking heed.

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying a nice walk to work though! Sometimes it’s nice to have a change up (I know I appreciate riding even more when I have an extended break). :O)

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