I can’t believe that only four days ago I was swimming in the sea and that this time last week I rode to work in short trousers and a short sleeved t-shirt.

On Monday….

 I wore a long sleeved t-shirt but this morning I wore long leggings, long sleeved t-shirt, fleece, ear warmers and gloves! It’s always a bit difficult to judge how cold it is when you live here. We are so close to the sea and in our own little microclimate that it is often 5 or 6 degrees warmer here than in the ‘real’ world over the hill!

This morning I nearly left the house with just the long sleeved t-shirt but then decided I could always leave the fleece in the car.  I was VERY glad I’d brought it when I got over the hill and there was lots of very pretty, but very cold looking frost!

It was 6 degrees C at home but within a mile my temp gauge had dropped and dropped and was soon at the dreaded zero!

I’m still loving….

riding my bike. I can only fit it in 3 times a week but I wish it was more. However, I think my legs must be a bit worn out at the moment as it seemed like quite hard work today! Mind you, on Monday I got really caught out by 30mph headwinds, gusting to 40mph on my return leg from work, on top of the sand racing the day before I guess it wasn’t really a surprise that I struggled. The only problem was that I had an appointment at my sons school so I couldn’t miss the 5.20pm ferry so HAD to keep pedalling when it just felt like riding through treacle! I’ve got the return leg down to 19 mins on a good day now which means that it actually takes me less time on the bike than it does in the car AND I’ve got pretty speedy at loading my bike into the car too so I often get away before all the cars are even through the toll booth. I love that I can get an extra 45 mins of exercise into my day without it costing me any time!

I’ll really miss it when it is too icy to ride 🙁

On Wednesday night….

I decided that we needed a nice social run for our group at running club. We’ve all worked very hard lately with all the hilly/sandy races and there have been quite a few injuries creeping up so I didn’t want to cause any more.

It’s impossible to do a route with no hills but I did try to keep them to a minimum. It’s so hard trying to plan routes that are always slightly different so keep people’s interest. Plus sometime things look very different on a map than when you get there in real life! Luckily my group are very forgiving when I, literally sometimes, lead them up the garden path!!!!!!

We did 4.89 miles. Funnily enough, I’d promised them 4.85 mile route but then immediately went wrong at the beginning when I started off on the route that I’d first planned but then scrapped…oops… I only confessed to my friend Belinda and did some quick thinking about what I could take out later on and managed to come in much closer than I normally do!

We kept the pace nice and easy, had a good old chinwag but still felt like we’d done enough to earn our drink at the pub!

I’ve had a couple of exciting things happen this week, one of which was as a result of a post on Maria’s blog Running Cupcake which I’ll tell you all about tomorrow. The other is only a ‘might be exciting’ so I’ll have to keep that one to myself until it’s more definite…..just keep your fingers crossed for me though please!


  1. Maria
    Oct 21, 2011

    I am very excited to hear your news 🙂 Fingers are crossed for the other one.

  2. Errign
    Oct 22, 2011

    It’s getting chilly here too! It’s kind of good and bad 🙂

  3. Sarah
    Oct 22, 2011

    It is getting much cooler now – but in some ways it’s the perfect exercise weather.
    I often take the wrong turning when I’m running, luckily I haven’t got totally lost yet!

  4. Lucy
    Oct 23, 2011

    Ooh something exciting?! How to keep idiots in suspense…. (no offense to anyone else reading)