As you might work out by the above statement, I have made the 500km mark.
I have promised my wife that I will make reindeer stew for all our guests we have invited to celebrate new years tomorrow, so I decided to bag the the last 70km`s this morning, giving me time to peel spuds and stuff tomorrow.
When my alarm went off at 06.30 today I really struggled to get my weary body out of bed, especially with the fact that i could hear hailstone battering down on the bedroom window. I consequently pulled the duvet back over my head but with a helping elbow from Anniken I finally managed to roll out of bed at 07.30.
The temperature outside was -2 degrees and the sleet/hail had died somewhat. Today I decided that I would just ride a loop around my village on the roads that were almost ice free that I had spotted yesterday.
The loop is 7.5km`s long and I would have to ride it 10 times to get the needed km`s.
After round nr.2 the storm eased off a little and I found a photo opportunity.
Not soon after I shot the picture, the skies turned black again and the sleet returned and the wind picked up.
I was pretty miserable by round 5 and stopped at the local petrol station for a coffee. I grabbed a customer and asked her to take a picture. The result was my head inside, and her legs outside.
The ice on the roads was almost completely melted where the car tyre tracks were, so I could either chance riding on rotten slush, or a gully full of water. It was raining so much at this point that I kept my wheels firmly in the gully and put my head down. " I am not wet, or cold", "I am not wet, or cold". "Only 20km`s and I can get a shower" were about the only things I thought about round the last few laps of Søgne.
The ice and rotten snow was blocking the escape routs for the accumulated water mass.
Hehe. Childish i know but these signs still make me snigger.
All in all I am very pleased with myself and I am not going to pretend I havn`t had some tough times over the last week. Its been pretty hard at times due to the conditions and the fact that i have been solo on my 13kg cyclocross bike with studded tyres. (and with an average temperature of -6 Celsius)
As per usual today Strava log is here and my Instagram photos are here
This has got to be the best base mile week I have ever had, so if i doesn`t help me out next racing season, I really am a basket case!
Thanks go to Strava, Rapha and my family for the motivation.