January 24, 2012
We finally had a break in the icy weather, which meant the perfect opportunity to bike out to lady brunch! After the cold snap, -13C (which I think is approximately 7F) felt perfectly balmy. By the time I got to the Sugarbowl, I had my parka unzipped to help regulate my internal temperature.
No particularly special gear. Boots, leggings, sleeveless top, chunky cardigan, winter bike and winter helmet.
My winter bike's studded tires make getting to brunch super easy. There isn't much in the way of needing to correct the way I ride on ice and snow, the studs offer excellent traction.
Worked up an appetite for my french toast, and ate my Sunday brunch amidst other Sugarbowl regulars.
I've been wearing my little glove liners.
Underneath my edit mitts.
I have zero finger-frost!
To make sure the toes stay cozy, I also wear wooly socks.
Inside my boots.
Once I arrived home, Dougal and I went out for some additional cardio.
He doesn't fancy boots.
Other than the crazy cold week, being out on the bike feels much like it did before. Obviously at this point in the pregnancy people always assume I have stopped riding because of my growing bump. I usually just remind them that sitting on a saddle and pedaling is way faster and less cumbersome than walking. It's super low impact and I like that I can go my own pace, it's easy to ramp it up or scale it down depending on how I'm feeling and my energy levels.
Balance still feels fine and swinging a leg over the saddle remains unproblematic. So, it's pedaling and coasting as usual!