Winter night cycling and getting old

It’s probably time for me to get some riding glasses. I can still see well enough, but I really should be wearing glasses when I ride. Things tend to be a little blurry and, at night, light from cars tends to starburst. I’m making good progress on my goal, but then, it is only the first week. I need to average 120 miles a week, but that means I have to start now. And, unless I decide to take long lunches, that means riding in the dark. Last night, I rode. I was halfway through with my ride when I felt light-headed — like my blood sugar was low. I should have stopped and gotten something to eat but I kept on. (Note to self: this is very dangerous, don’t do it again.) Last night, I spent some time scaring myself — imagining that I had passed out coming down a hill with a car behind me. As if that weren’t enough, my front light got lost. I was trying to adjust it and the whole thing fell apart on the rode. Finding a light in the dark? Good luck! Oh well, I know the road and I had enough presense of mind to watch oncoming traffic. My back light was flashing away, still, and I wear some reflective clothing so it wasn’t as if I was completely invisible. But the ride cost me a day. I am recovering from some sore muscles and thinking about riding without dizziness. (Oh, and winter cycling clothes. Others have more experience, but a balaclava, some thermal underwear and that cycling jersey are great even into the 20s.)

2 thoughts on “Winter night cycling and getting old”

  1. Glasses good. I can’t ride without ’em (especially in the cold), but I also ride with glasses mounted mirror. Also, an energy bar or two in your saddle pack along side your spare tube, tire irons and bike tool; that’s saved my bacon more than once.

    1. Yeah, I’ve been thinking about a mirror. Not sure I need one of those, but def glasses. I have everything else but the energy bar. Time to get smart and carry them.

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