Solstice

Happy Solstice.  I’m writing this around 1 hour before solar noon, which is supposedly when the Sun will be at its highest point in the sky of the year.  Hard to believe the kids are still in school, but we have Snowmageddon to blame for that.

June hasn’t been the greatest month in the world for biking to work, but it hasn’t been the worst either.  Assuming I bike in the rest of my work days this month, I’m on pace for 15 rides in June.  Came down with a bit of a “sinus thing” last week, which actually caused me to skip riding on Friday.  Usually I’ll still ride when I’m not 100%, but for some reason, on Friday I just couldn’t will myself onto the bike in the 90-degree heat with a cold, or whatever it is.  Today, I’m still not 100%, but I took a 15 mile ride in anyhow, because I can’t ride for the rest of this week.

From an equipment and clothing standpoint, summer rides are still as boring as ever.  I’ve been heavily favoring the geared road bike for the last couple of months, because it’s easier to get up the hills in the 90-degree heat in a lower gear.  I wear more-or-less the same thing every day: short-sleeve athletic t-shirt or jersey and bike shorts.  One thing I’ve found that makes a difference is a zippered jersey.  On those really humid days, I can unzip it to stay cooler.  I’m going to have to get a couple more of these.

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