a week of walking

My last spin on the bike was a MTB recovery spin the day after my half marathon walk. That was Wednesday last week!

Since then there has been a series of nasty weather fronts that have crossed the country. Some of these have involved heavy spells of rain, we had one day of snow and virtually every day has been very windy or even stormy. We’ve had 4 yellow weather warnings and one of those was upgraded to orange for part of the day.

An often quoted phrase states “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes“. While I do agree with this to a certain extent I’m not a fan of cycling in extreme weather. Ice and thick fog are definite show stoppers for me but I tend not to go out in stormy weather either, especially if there is a risk of heavy rain. Stormy weather can be dangerous to ride in but for me it’s just not any fun!

I haven’t been sitting on my arse though. Over the last 8 days I’ve walked every day and twice on a couple of days. I’ve managed to rack up almost 63km over 10 walks. Only one was a short walk (2km) on Tuesday when I had a stomach bug. Despite pretty much hating cycling in wind and rain I somehow don’t mind walking in the same conditions.

photos from the last week

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11 thoughts on “a week of walking

  1. threewheelsonmywaggon

    I would never deliberately put my life in danger, however, whilst on a long trip at sea you will be caught out from time to time, weather can change quickly. I have been in situations where I really did believe I would not survive, but survive I did, such experiences only added to my confidence at sea. So it is all experience, and experience is exciting – when it is all over.

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  2. biking2work

    I over the novelty of riding in bad weather. I’ve been following your walks on the Strava-you are prolific. I’ve also been walking lots due to the cold, icy, snowy, wet weather. I’ve ridden in it but only on short errands. Which is just as well, the home improvement won’t do itself and I never seem to have enough time to fit everything in. But I’m really looking forward to the milder weather starting tomorrow!

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      1. biking2work

        Laid off as in furlough or worse? I must say that all this annual leave that I’m taking because I couldn’t take it in the summer (before I lose it) is coming in handy. I have gotten out of the habit of longer rides over the last couple of months & oddly I’m not that bothered by it yet.

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  3. threewheelsonmywaggon

    When I was riding Audax you would book up – travel miles, possibly in the early hours of the morning to get to the start, arriving there the weather was not the best but you went anyway, and for me, all day in the rain, or beating into a headwind for hours all made me a stronger rider, but maybe it was just my stubborn nature, rather than competing with an opponent in a race(more like TT) the weather became the competition, sort of came with the territory.

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