Friends and coworkers insist that I got sick because I like riding in the cold. I'm not a doctor (although I do like to play doctor...), but I'm fairly sure that colds & flu are caused by germs and viruses (virii?), not by the temperature. In fact, I think I'm better off getting 8 hours of fresh air everyday, instead of being cooped up in an office breathing re-circulated air. Don't even get me started on the germ-o-copia that is The Metro!
Anyway, despite sounding like Darth Vader's kid sister, I managed to get some rides in. I just took it easy and stopped to get warm more often.
The temperature hasn't been too bad yet, and we've only seen the briefest glimpses of snow.
This week is supposed to be MUCH colder with the wind chill bringing it into the single digits at times. Yikes! I'm not a fan of when it gets so cold, my breath is literally taken away. Still, I keep moving, put on my layers and drink lots of hot tea! Tomorrow I have an early morning appointment downtown that I need to dress up for. This should be interesting. I've never tried to be "dressy" and stay warm on a bike. This may take some creative layering. I will let you know how it turns out.
As for work, I pretty much have it down to a science:
Under Armour Coldgear top & leggings. Socks (sometimes two layers). Pants. Shirt. Fleece Liner. Windproof jacket. (Sometimes the pants are windproof too). Thermal headwarmer or balaclava. Scarf. Thermal gloves. Boots. This is usually enough to keep me warm for hours at a time. Usually.
I really need to get new pairs of Under Armour though. I never have enough!
I also keep meaning to write a review on my Basil handbag pannier (in short: AWESOME). Soon, I promise.
Some shots from the bike:
|I have so many thoughts about this, but not sure if this is the blog for it..|
|Mayor of Wonky!|
|Parked at work. Look, Betty's snuggling with the other cruiser to stay warm!|
|Lunch on the go!|
|Another Stella sighting!!!!|
Also, countless dead smooshed rats. I'm not sure if it was the temperature drop, but I saw more dead rats than usual in my meanderings. Ick. I was also almost surrounded by alley cats at one point. It was a little creepy. They kept coming out from under fences and garages, more and more of them, sitting in the alley and staring at me. I slowly backed out...
(I've been trying to figure out the best mobile-blogging option, since I'm constantly thinking "I should blog this" while I'm out, but then forget about it when I get home. I haven't found a solution that I like yet. None of them lets me upload more than one photo per post. Poo. Any suggestions, especially for an iPhone?)