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frosty morning bike ride

15 January 2012 1,898 views 2 Comments


Hovering between 1 and 2 degrees this morning and a thick frost sitting on EVerything so oh-wise-one here went for a bike ride…

Richmond Park crips winter sunriseWell, I’d just got my little mitts on a road bike (thank you, thank you, thank you) and I’d just got my mitts back on it post-service so I was keen to give it a spin. Ah, I thought, how cold can it be… I won’t bang on; talking about the weather is dull. I’ll just say it was freezing, and that when I stopped to warm my ungloved fingers they hurt so much I honestly thought I was gonna throw. And that would have been bad cos, as mentioned, today everything was very white and clean looking.

More about the ride… Richmond Park looked amazing this morning: crispy, twinkling, and it seemed to go on forever into the horizon mist. There were a lot of people in the park but it was quiet; the most consistent sound was tyres on tarmac. I just went once round the outside but it would have been a beautiful day to ramble around. The deer were all gathered together which is always a pleasant sight and several times I saw birds that were a distinct bright green. I don’t remember seeing birds like that here before, lots in Australia but never here and I’m going to keep an eye out for them next time.

The bike was awesome; mechanically smooth and easy, I was a touch overstretched but that’s just niggling. It felt so good to be on a road bike again, I love the feeling when I first hop on and remember how fast and light the bike is (even with me on it). There were some big smiles, and a bit of singing, and The Plan for this week is to buy gloves so that next time I can stay out to play longer.


My photos are bosh because I was too cold to do better, sorry, so I’ve included some from Flickr too.

Thank you Rebecca Douglas who took these shots yesterday.
Richmond Park crips winter sunrise
Richmond Park crips winter sunrise
Richmond Park crips winter sunrise
Richmond Park crips winter sunrise


Best purchase of the week, maybe month, a pair of bike riding gloves :) Tim used to say to me “LJ, only buy it if it’s gonna make that much $$$ difference to your sport experience.” Wise words Timbo and in this case, yes, worth every one of the seventeen pounds that I spent.
So back around Richmond Park this morning (22/01/12) and it was glorious. Not such dramatic weather – overcast sludgy grey rather than frosty white, but still some pretty rays and the park just has so much texture that it’s always lovely. There was the same sporty crowd – oh, I’ve just realised, this is my new Manly Beach. Yes, I enjoy that. I saw the green birds again. I tried to get a photo of them but the light was all wrong to capture the colour. Still you can see the silhouettes, they look a bit cockatoo shape, but smaller. And I saw the deer closer up than last week, in fast near Ham Gate there were three or four deer (is it deer? stags maybe.?) right by the edge of the road, one with his hooves on the verge really watching the bikes going past.
Beautiful morning, and definitely cosier. I enjoy this routine, it’s a good one.

x bikeridingluce


  • Miles Annon said:

    I just wish to confirm that I think you are crazy, Not even I would go out on my bike when it’s that cold.


  • lucyjjames » Blog Archive » green birds in Richmond Park said:

    […] wearing but, in fact, proper green birds flying around in Richmond Park. I’ve mentioned them before but this time they sat still long enough, sorry the picture’s not better, I still panicked a […]

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