Yesterday I did something I haven’t done in a long time.
I got up early to go for a ride.
When my wrist was injured I stopped going for early morning rides. The pain was too great and it meant that I couldn’t use my hand for the rest of the day. So once I could ride again, I rode in the late afternoon. That way I’d have the night to pack my arm in ice and recover enough to be able to use my hand the next day.
Alarm was set for pre 6am, kit was laid out, bike was prepped the night before. Once I was up I noticed a few mistakes in my planning. I’d forgotten to change the lenses on my glasses, so instead of tinted lenses I had full on middle of summer protection in. Way too dark to ride with those on so I had to change the lenses. I’d also laid out a black jersey, again too dark to wear in the half light when I was heading out on my own.
Despite the setbacks I was out on the road in the emerging day. It was crispy weather but not cold, just fresh and invigorating. I made my way through Oxford street, quiet after the noise and party of the weekend’s Mardi Gras but sadly still filled with broken glass. Luckily none of the glass caused a problem.
I was heading towards Centennial Park, the roads were fairly quiet. I passed 2 biggish groups of riders heading back. I always wonder what their morning has been like when I see them finishing as I’m just starting.
A few early commuters were passed and then I was into the park. I expected it to have it’s fair share of cyclists but seems we weren’t the only ones out, with runners, walkers, dogs, excercise groups and even the mounted Police taking their houses for a canter all in the park.
The mist was still rolling off the low sections and duck ponds creating an eerie white haze that was simultaneously odd and comforting.
A few laps, a chat with a friend, a few more laps and then headed home. Not an impressive ride by any standards, it was neither long nor hard nor broke any records. It was however the start of me being able to ride more often as my injured wrist heals and that in itself is remarkable and deeply satisfying.