I had wanted to end the year with a ride and start the new one with a ride but plans got messed up.
I wasted a good part of Saturday over my parents doing some light electrical work for them. A trend I sort of started a few years ago. Instead of giving them lame ass x-mas gifts , I buy them something that they need and install it for them. Last year it was hard wood flooring (I just installed that, couldn’t afford the purchase), the year before a garage door, and this year a ceiling fan and I replaced a few bad electrical fixtures.
With the day being half shot and my cold still active I decided 1 more day of rest was in order.
I woke up Sunday and the cold still had me feeling under the weather. I’ve never had a cold stick around this long. Over a week now. I was getting pissed off and said screw it. I’m sick and tired of being "sick and tired". Went into the office to get some parts for a honeydo item and than went to Cedarville.
The ride started out shitty. I had given myself January 1 as the date to start some sort of training for the bike. With that in mind I kept trying to push myself faster than I was able. The cold and the week I spent off of the bike were taking its toll. Finally after 5 miles I got smart and slowed the pace down to a casual ride. That worked. I started actually enjoying myself. I followed a few unofficial trails just to see where they go.
Got in 17 miles before the cold air started taking a toll. I was sight. Hacking my head off and a runny nose. I was the picture of health.
This was my first chance at trying out my Goretex jacket. I’m not real impressed. I only wore a light summer jersey underneath and it was soaked by the time I got done riding. It was kinda warm, 54 when I started and 46 when I finished. Maybe it’ll be better suited for colder weather. It did do a good job at blocking the wind and it was comfortable for riding. No binding.
Monday the rain came as forcasted and gave me the excuse I needed to get some major brownie points from the wife.
She’s been bugging me forever to paint the living room. Ours is 2 story open style with a 20’ ceiling. Not something to be done off of a 6’ ladder. I got it knocked out. That should put me in the good for at least 2 months on any riding I wanna do.