Inside the Mango the thermometer indicates minus 9 degrees celcius. It's now 7:20am and I just left home. I'm wearing:
- normal Shimano spd-shoes
- 2 pair of thin socks
- thick running pants
- long sleeve thermo shirt
- a belly warmer (which actually is a kidney warmer)
- recumbent cycling shirt
- a fleece sweater, worn vice versa
- a summer buff, up to my ears
- a pair of leather gloves
- a helmet with visor
I smell an old fire when there's 9km on my cat-eye speedometer. It's what remains of a large fire that destroyed a garden centre 2 days ago. My big brother was high up in the tower wagon to fight the fire. A total of 5 or 6 fire trucks came to the scene to control the flames that could be seen from 8km away.
My hands are getting very warm, time to take off my gloves. For some reason there are less cars on the road than usual. The number of cyclist still seemed quite high. Some of those deserve a dive into the canal for riding without proper or no lights on there bikes. I remove the ice from my buff, just below my nose, every now and then. Strange but true, it getting warmer and warmer inside, only my legs pick up a bit of the cold. A sign by a bike shop tells me that it's -12 now. I was hoping for double digits, that ads to the story.
This is how things go for an hour and a half. I take of the fleece vest when I'm half way. Only thing that makes me stop for just a minute is when I make some yellow snow. The rest of the landscape is white, very white. Thanks to the fog all the little twigs on the trees are white as well.
At work there's always something interesting. I give the 1st sold bike of the year a check-up. It needed a front mudguard and a computer. It's about one and a half hour to make this Pioneer ready to go his new owner. She'll have to re-assemble a few things like wheels and seat because shipping to New Zealand (!) goes in relatively small crates.
Apart from this bike there's plenty of work to do. A lot of things are typical winter time tasks. Things which you don't have time for in the summer. Last job of the day is to true a 20" SON wheel.
I turn up the volume when 'Radio gaga' is on the radio. A radio can be a very efficient pedal assist system!
My dinner is combined with watching some of the Dakar rally. It's what I recorded from late Thursday evening. From dessert to desert. There is time for desert, but 15 minutes after that I'm riding Yavixa again. The swimming pool is only 4km away. Motivated by the images of the Dakar rally is ride a little faster than I'd normally do. I do swim a little less than usual, but still do about 850 meters.
The day ends with another half on hour of Dakar. They had to do 480km or so in the Atacama dessert, I did just over 90 today in winterly Drenthe.