Blipbip bip bip bip bip. The alarm clock is ringing. Your arm flings across the bed to stop it. Thud. You grudgingly open your eyes slightly and notice it is still dark and rain is pouring down. It can only be the English winter. You sigh loudly. Sliding your legs out of bed the winter chill catches you. Two scenarios run through your head. Wrapping up warm and catching the bus or preparing for a very wet cycle into work.
London Cyclist blog and its readers are here to keep you motivated and cycling through this winter!
Having cycled through many English winters the one thing that made me feel better every time is having the right gear. It makes the difference between cold, wet feet and warm feet. Cold hands and warm hands. Underwear completely soaked to nice dry feeling.
Starting on Wednesday I’ll be taking you through how to kit yourself up to beat the horrible weather.
Get into the proper mindset
After you’ve got the gear then the second best thing you can do is get into the right mindset. I’ll give you some examples..
I hate winter VS at least I get to fully experience a new season. Think of all those poor tube users that don’t even notice the seasons change. It’s always the same weather on the tube; miserable.
Cycling in the rain is a pain VS at least I still know exactly what time I’ll get to work. Standing at the bus stop waiting for the delayed bus in the rain is not nice!
I wish I could just sit on a bus VS I’m saving £5-6 a day. Public transport is expensive and prices just keep going up. Taking your bike on the other hand is a lot more cost effective and at Christmas you need the extra money for gifts.
The horrible weather makes me sad VS exercise keeps me happy. I think the winter blues would set in if I didn’t cycle throughout it.
I’ll just skip today and then I’ll cycle tomorrow VS I’m not going to miss a single day. If you skip one day then it will be twice as hard the next.
It is too cold to cycle VS I’ll be warm within a few minutes of setting off. It is amazing how warm you start to feel after getting the blood pumping for a bit. Much warmer than if you just sat on a bus.
Now that you have embraced winter you should also think about the effects of cycling in winter on your body. The cold air causes skin to dry up so think plenty of lip-balm, gloves to protect your hands and moisturiser.
How do you deal with winter cycling and what tips do you have for staying motivated?
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