I have suffered today on several fronts
1 THE WEATHER
I checked the weather forecast yesterday and all looked fine, I set off today it was a bit damp but the sun came and out and it was a nice pleasant ride in to work in fact a very enjoyable 11.5 miles considering I was on my way to work, I usually prefer coming home who doesn't ?
As the day went on it went duller then started to rain in fact not just rain but lash it down. Bloody hell I thought I will get soaked going home if this carries on, but not to worry the sun came out again. What did I suffer with WIND not the flatulence smelly kind but very strong weather type, My god was it windy coming home. I was down to 9 mph at one point on the flat watching all the other cyclists going the other way doing about 20 mph with big smiles on their faces whilst I was groaning and grimacing going the opposite direction
My ride in was 50 mins my ride back to my car was 64 another 14 mins on my journey.
Below is a small video taken on my mobile phone when I got back to my car, just to show you how windy it was. I hate riding in the wind I would rather it pissed down on me
2 SADDLE PROBLEMS
I have had a problem with the saddle on my whyte hybrid creaking, I have had it off, greased the rails tightened it up but it's still creaking. I think I am going to have to buy a new saddle I fancy a Brooks B17 saddle but at around £60 I need to know it will be right for me.
3 INSECT STINGS
I hate insects and things that bite and sting, on Saturday night I got stung by a wasp 3 times, It somehow got inside my shirt stung me twice on my back and once rather embarrassingly right next to my left nipple.When I finally got it out my shirt the little bastard just flew off I didn't even get time to stand on the the little sod.
Yesterday wasn't too bad a bit of discomfort with it but after I cycled to work this morning the sting near my nipple was really red and swollen and gradually got worse over the morning.
I showed some of the lads at work who kindly just sat there and laughed at me ! In the end I had to go the chemist and get some anti histamine tablets. I will see how that goes if it doesn't go I will have to go the Doc's for anti-bio tics.
I don't know how women cyclists go on with breasticles I think I will have to borrow one of the wife's bra's if it gets any bigger or maybe put it in a sling !!!!!!
One thing though I didn't suffer today though was HELMET HAIR. cos I forgot my cycle helmet.
I normally nearly always ride wearing my helmet, but understand both sides of the argument for and against and I don't have an opinion either way, but one thing I found out Its easier to stop sweat getting in your eyes without a helmet, cos its easier to wipe your head not wearing it.
Anyway a good if not windy 23 mile commute today and I shall see what tomorrow brings
PS. I cycled through the 1000 mile commuting mark on my Whyte today since I got it at the end of March on the cycle to work scheme, at about 35 miles to the gallon that's saved me up till now about £180 in fuel and I have paid for it so far £128