Thursday, December 24, 2009
A topsy-turvey couple of weeks, walking-weather-wise.
First it was so cold that the winter dressing dilemma arose - the amount needed for the first hour was much too much for the rest of the walk.
Then the snow was getting so deep it was really strength-sapping. Then the bits where I had to walk at the side of the roads became impassable because of piled-up, melted then frozen-again snow.
Then the temperature rose just a few degrees above freezing and the snow disappeared as if it had never been here.
I think we need these very cold spells so that when the temperature, as now, creeps up just a little bit, it feels positively warm. If we had come down to 8 degrees from, say, 20, we would think it was cold.
Still, it's nice to think that, in a couple of weeks, we shall be in the southern hemisphere for a final burst of warm weather training for the Big One.