Feeling the burn

12 02 2016

I’m feeling the burn.

I may be out of work, but I’m not out of shape.

Unshackled of the demands of employment, I’m free to take advantage of breaks in the usual winter doldrums.

If I'm riding on a beautiful Tuesday, I must still be unemployed...

If I’m riding on a beautiful Tuesday, I must still be unemployed…

Luckily for me, we’ve had plenty.

When the sun comes out and the roads are dry, it’s easy to step away from the computer for a morning or an afternoon to clock a few miles. It’s also therapeutic.

My January mileage  of 471 km was more than double any previous January.

February is also off to a good start with 200 km already in the legs, including three straight riding days this week.

Early-season rides are typically short and flat. The spin is more important than the burn.

But this year, I’ve already managed two rides greater than 85 km and climbed a total of 5,106 metres.

Usually those kind of numbers aren’t achieved until late March, or early April.

It's been such a mild winter, the crocuses first started breaking through the ground in late January.

It’s been such a mild winter, the crocuses first started breaking through the ground in late January.

It’ll be fun to see how this head start plays into the meat of the riding season. Presumably the halcyon days of riding at will won’t last forever, or else I’ll have bigger problems to ponder.

But already I’ve noticed the benefit of my additional winter fitness on the road hockey court; I’m keeping up better with the younger speedsters, my shifts last longer, deeper into the games, I’m not knackered for the rest of the day.

I’m fit and ready for anything that comes my way.

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