At the risk of this blog turning into a regular weather report, today's conditions were not particularly conducive to a leisurely cycle. It was far too windy — although I didn't know that until I was out and about. (It's only now, looking at Metcheck.com, that I see the wind was gusting at 40mph at the time I was on the bike.)
I had initially planned to do two quick loops of Hyde Park early this afternoon, but I ended up cutting it short because of the blustery conditions. Several times I was nearly blown sideways off my bike. If there is one thing I can't stand it is wind, or, to be more precise, gusts of wind.
Give me rain, give me hail, give me snow, but NEVER give me wind!
In the end I just did one loop of the park, before stopping off at Kensington High Street to do some shopping — all kitted out, I might add, in cycling trousers, raspberry cycling jacket and my helmet. No one batted an eyelid.
Total distance: 8.25miles (13.3km) | Ride time: 47min and 46sec | Average speed: 10.3mph | Top speed: 20.5mph